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Tulle, barriers, and pollination

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Tulle, barriers, and pollination

Post  1airdoc on 3/29/2012, 10:57 am

When using tulle, row covers, or other barriers, how do you ensure that plants get pollinated without exposing them to harmful insects? It is early in the season now, so my tulle can stay in place all the time, but I know that in the coming weeks they will have flowers that will need to meet some friendly bees....


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Re: Tulle, barriers, and pollination

Post  quiltbea on 3/29/2012, 12:18 pm

All plants differ. In many cases you keep them covered until blossoms appear, and then do the deed yourself.

Some things you can pollinate yourself, like squashes, melons which are done by taking the male flower and brushing it over the center of the females. For corn you take the upper tassels and brush them over the fruits forming below. Others are self-pollinating like peppers and tomatoes so you can keep those covered and just shake the branches a little every day to pollinate themselves. Sometimes you can wait for the blossoms to arrive, uncover, and using a soft artist's paintbrush, brush across the blossoms, then re-cover them again. Others you don't have to worry about pollinating during bug season. They are the ones that have to go to seed. You can keep them covered until the end of the season when the insects are all about gone so the plant can burst into flower for its seeds.

I hope this helps a little.


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