Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Pollinate Tomatoes in the Greenhouse

Pollinate Tomato Plants and Increase Yields



If you grow tomatoes in a greenhouse or indoors, insects are not around to pollinate the flowers. Hand pollination is necessary to increase yields. 

Juliet grows well in Edmonton
I use an old electric toothbrush to pollinate my tomatoes in the greenhouse. 

Use the lowest speed on the brush.

Gently, very gently, touch the vibrating back of the toothbrush to the stem of the tomato flower, just behind the actual flower - only for a second. Watch the pollen stream out. (See the video below).

The best time to pollinate is after the flower has fully opened and the petals of the flower are slightly curled back. 

This only takes a minute, a few days a week. 





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2 comments:

Denise said...

Great idea! I never thought of this. This will be much easier than the method I have been using.

Glad I found this site! Denise

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