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Tomatoes and pollination

Posted by Dezdon NNE (My Page) on
Sat, Mar 12, 05 at 7:42

HI,
How do tomatoes do under 400 MH? And how do the flowers get pollinated for the fruit if there indoors? I also have some lettuce going and they look great. Trying to get a jump on the nieghbors for the vegi gardens this year.
Dez


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RE: Tomatoes and pollination

"And how do the flowers get pollinated for the fruit if there indoors?"

You can make a tickler with an ostrich feather. Or set up a fan to blow across them.

Tomatoes are wind polinated. Create some wind.


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RE: Tomatoes and pollination

Hi,
Thanks for the reply. I do have a fan in the room already. Not to sound like a knuckelhead, but where will the pollum come from. Its own self?
Thanks,
D


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RE: Tomatoes and pollination

Yes, tomato flowers are bisexual, those devils.


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RE: Tomatoes and pollination

Thanks JK!
Hang in there, Spring is almost here!


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I use a small electric battery operated toothbrush once each day to pollinate tomatoes.

Marv- Montezuma,IA

Here is a link that might be useful: Photo Albums


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RE: Tomatoes and pollination

You know, that electric toothbrush thing reminded me:

There's a story that a tuning fork will do the job perfectly.

Haven't found one yet to try it.


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RE: Tomatoes and pollination

Tomatoes are self-pollinating. Shake (vibrate) the plants for a few minutes once or twice daily; no need to move the pollen from one flower to another. But pollination is sensitive to temperature and humidity as well; they do best with daytime temps in the 70's, nighttime temps in the low to mid 60's, and plenty of humidity and fresh air. Look out for aphids and whiteflies, too.


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