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Topic by MsDebbieP posted 02-15-2014 06:35 AM 2405 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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14694 posts in 3899 days
hardiness zone 5b

02-15-2014 06:35 AM

Topic tags/keywords: pollination

Have you seen this strategy?
Anybody tried it?

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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882 posts in 2997 days
hardiness zone 4a

02-15-2014 06:44 AM

He says “You know you’ve done your pollination correctly when you start to see a little bit of the tomato starting to take hold”

This is false logic and bad science. You don’t know that your pollination technique is any more effective than
1) doing nothing
2) shaking the tomato plant
3) bees or other pollinators doing their thing

Unless you did blind studies of all the different methods in parallel.

I have never done anything to pollinate my tomatoes and I always get more than I need, so why bother spending the money and the effort?

-- Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves. - Thoreau

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332 posts in 3428 days
hardiness zone 7a

02-15-2014 06:51 AM

I like the information he has given on pollination. It is an interesting technique as long as you don’t damage the flower with too much pressure and you only have one or two plants worth, not a whole garden or greenhouse. I think the gentle shaking of the plant is easier even if not as efficient. The vibration created by a fan gently blowing the plant or a some gentle tapping of the pot or main stem would do the whole or multiple plants and faster.

-- A weed is a plant that is growing where it was not purposefully placed by human hands.

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hardiness zone 11

02-15-2014 09:30 AM

I fully agree with Daltxguy. Experiments should be carried out properly leaving no doubts about the results. May be he has not described his pollination technique in detail.


-- Bagwan-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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4312 posts in 3162 days
hardiness zone 5b

02-15-2014 09:45 AM

Because I only grow tomatoes during the summer, I have never tried to hand pollinate them. I do hand pollinate my indoor lemon tree during the winter because there are no insects to do it for me. I have found that a small paintbrush and Q-tip both work well enough to set fruit.

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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