Tomato pollination in polytunnel

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flyguy

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Tomato pollination in polytunnel
« on: June 16, 2019, 07:54 »
Hi there,
first year with a poly tunnel, main reason was to hopefully get a blight free tomato crop, fingers crossed. I'm wondering if I should worry about pollination, well I am, being the worrying sort....I'm aware Tom's are self pollinating, outside a poly tunnel/greenhouse I've read a stiff breeze is sufficient to blow pollen from anther to stigma. But inside? I'd planned on everything being open to the environment by now  but the UK's current resident low pressure system has prevented that.

Does anyone do anything in particular about this?

Thanks in advance

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Re: Tomato pollination in polytunnel
« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2019, 09:39 »
Tomato flowers are usually wind or bee pollinated - assuming you have neither in your polytunnel, tapping the plants (or the canes they're tied to) as you walk past can help distribute the pollen inside the flowers and thereby ensure pollination.
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Re: Tomato pollination in polytunnel
« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2019, 21:06 »
Thanks JayG, new one on me thanks for the tip.

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Re: Tomato pollination in polytunnel
« Reply #3 on: June 18, 2019, 12:07 »
It's an old tip so I can only take credit for passing it on rather than inventing it!  ;)

I guess the idea is to simulate the action of wind which shakes the flowers about and enables self-pollination - best time indoors is in the middle of the day when the pollen should be drier and therefore more mobile, but anytime is better than not at all.

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Re: Tomato pollination in polytunnel
« Reply #4 on: June 18, 2019, 12:23 »
I can't say I have ever had a problem with pollination in the polytunnel. Unless yours is extremely well sealed I'm sure you will get insects inside to do their thing and ensure a good supply of toms.

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Re: Tomato pollination in polytunnel
« Reply #5 on: October 05, 2019, 09:41 »
Just to update you on this. Tomatoe harvest was very good in the polytunnel this year. My pollination worries were unfounded. I found controlling the temperature and humidity a bit of a challenge at times but nothing that a visit a couple of times a week didn't sort out. Sad to blight finishing off the pants outdoors this time of year, but that was the reason for trying this in the first place. I'm still happily harvesting as many fruit as i can use....



 

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