do tomatoes need to pollinate?

matthew18(5)April 17, 2010

I have a patio enclosure and I'm consodering growing at least one plant indoors(experiment) If I keep the plant indoors entirely will it produce fruit or do I need to put it outside to pollinate?

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Tomatoes do not have to have birds and bees to create fruit. But it does help to shake the plant once blooms start to appear. You only need one plant. As far as will it produce fruit (that grows to an edible stage) - that will depend on your lighting and nuits.



    Bookmark   April 17, 2010 at 9:31PM
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definately agree with Mike, I have plants outside and see no evidence of natural pollinators like bees ever. Yet I have tomatoes growing. I do gently tap the blossom stems daily mostly like a superstition and we have good breezes here. I am excited, the count is up to like 20 tomatoes going strong. My patio type tomato plant is leading the way!

    Bookmark   April 17, 2010 at 11:04PM
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taz6122(N.W. AR.6b)

I do gently tap the blossom stems daily mostly like a superstition

LOL, I spank mine too!

    Bookmark   April 18, 2010 at 1:16AM
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Bets(z6A S ID)

Yes, in general tomatoes do need to be pollinated, but they are "perfect" blossoms and will self-pollinate so they don't need another tomato plant or any insects to pollinate them. The stigma in inside the anther cone where the pollen is.

There are some tomatoes that do not require pollination. They are parthenocarpic and will make fruit with little or no seeds. Dr. James Baggett of OSU developed several parthenocarpic varieties that will set tomatoes in cool weather. "Legend," "Siletz," and "Oregon Spring" are three of the ones he developed.

The FAQ page has an article on preventing cross-pollenization, but it is also good information on how tomatoes are pollinated.


Here is a link that might be useful: How Do I Prevent Tomatoes from Cross-pollinating?

    Bookmark   April 18, 2010 at 1:32AM
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thanks all. To get max sun I will have this potted tomatoe plant outside as much as possible. I'm also hoping to extend the season as long as possible by bringing it back in(patio enclosure)during the fall. There will be plenty of ouside exposure.

    Bookmark   April 18, 2010 at 8:22AM
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