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HELP - Pollinating tomato plants

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Snowstorm Tue 17-Jul-07 13:23:22

My neighbour's just said that I won't get any tomatoes on my 3 tomato plants (I have some yellow flowers but that's it so far) because they are in my conservatory/lean to thingy and bees can't get at them to pollinate them and that I will therefore need to pollinate them myself using an earbud/child's paintbrush on the flowers.

Is that right????????

WigWamBam Tue 17-Jul-07 13:27:19

No. Tomatoes are generally self-pollinating.

Although you can give the plants a hand by giving them a little shake every now and then, to further distribute the pollen.

Snowstorm Tue 17-Jul-07 13:38:19

Phew - thank god for that. Thanks!

throckenholt Tue 17-Jul-07 13:41:46

well my brother used to have a summer job pollinating tomatoes in a greenhouse - with a paintbrush - so there is some truth in it.

However, I never do for mine and they seem to manage alright on their own.

eyesfront Tue 17-Jul-07 22:25:24

i shake mine every day, but I have more than 3. If your bottom trusses aren't setting fruit (no that is NOT code for something rude) then I suppose you may have a problem and might consider it. I think a rabbit's paw was the traditional tool for pollinating.

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