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Help pollinating indoor tomatoes

Posted by clones2 MN (My Page) on
Wed, Feb 29, 12 at 13:40

Any suggestions to help pollinate indoor tomatoes other than using a Q-tip in the mornings?

I have grown some gorgeous plants indoors this winter, but have had horrible luck pollinating the flowers. I've had plants with well over 30 buds and I can only get 2-3 tomatoes from them.


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RE: Help pollinating indoor tomatoes

I've heard something about shaking the plant a little at noonish each day.


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RE: Help pollinating indoor tomatoes

electric toothbrush on the branch - they are self pollinating


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RE: Help pollinating indoor tomatoes

I just shake the plant stems just below the flowering trusses for about 15 seconds:

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Seems to work pretty well:

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Raybo


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RE: Help pollinating indoor tomatoes

I too am a plant shaker, just grabbing the supports whenever I walk through the greenhouse and shaking each plant for the count of 3. I do this especially when the nighttime temps are wrong, or when we have basically 24 hours of daylight. There are other factors, such as humidity and nutrients, that can affect fruit set, too.


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RE: Help pollinating indoor tomatoes

Brush your hand across flower clusters and the shake method works for me


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RE: Help pollinating indoor tomatoes

Thanks for the suggestions...


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