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Post  brianj555 on 8/27/2017, 12:24 pm

Do any of you lightly shake your Tomato or other veggie plants to increase pollination?
Or plant herbs that attract bees for that purpose ?
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Post  countrynaturals on 8/27/2017, 12:51 pm

Yup on the shaking. Nope on the herbs. Cool
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Post  brianj555 on 8/27/2017, 12:57 pm

@countrynaturals wrote:Yup on the shaking. Nope on the herbs. Cool
You just grab the base and shake a little?  Do you cover your hands?  Just wondering if the oils from our skin would damage .  Also, is there a particular stage in the growth of the plant that you do it, or just whenever there are blossoms??  Thanks for responding !
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Post  plantoid on 8/27/2017, 1:00 pm

Yes I tap.
I used to use a rabbits tail on a bit of cane but found that with toms a gentle drumming on the stem near the flower just before lunch time when the plant was producing most pollen (  before too much heat got to it )  gave the best results & was the quickest way for me .
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Post  countrynaturals on 8/27/2017, 1:03 pm

@plantoid wrote:Yes I tap.
I used to use a rabbits tail on a bit of cane but found that with toms a gentle drumming on the stem near the flower just before lunch time when the plant was producing most pollen (  before too much heat got to it )  gave the best results & was the quickest way for me .
Same here -- without the rabbit's foot. When I raised them inside in the winter, I use an electric toothbrush.
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Post  trolleydriver on 8/27/2017, 2:54 pm

I've never found it to be necessary to shake the plants. We have plenty of pollinators in our yard. A well, I probably shake the plants inadvertently each time I take off the suckers and/or tie the main stem to the stake or trellis as they grow.

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Post  brianj555 on 8/27/2017, 2:58 pm

@trolleydriver wrote:I've never found it to be necessary to shake the plants. We have plenty of pollinators in our yard. A well, I probably shake the plants inadvertently each time I take off the suckers and/or tie the main stem to the stake or trellis as they grow.
What kind of pollinators?  Were they already there or did you coax them in?
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Post  Turan on 8/27/2017, 3:12 pm

I do most everything. Early in the season is when I help by using an electric toothbrush to buzz the flowers. I did not get as much of a pollen plume when i just tap the flowers. Now there are enough varieties of bees and hover flies working anything blooming that I leave it to them.  I plant marigolds and alyssum for the pollinators each year.

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Post  trolleydriver on 8/27/2017, 3:46 pm

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@trolleydriver wrote:I've never found it to be necessary to shake the plants. We have plenty of pollinators in our yard. A well, I probably shake the plants inadvertently each time I take off the suckers and/or tie the main stem to the stake or trellis as they grow.
What kind of pollinators?  Were they already there or did you coax them in?
We have a lot of bees in the garden.  The veggie garden shares the backyard with my wife's flower gardens so that probably attracts the pollinators.

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Post  sanderson on 8/27/2017, 4:08 pm

I have tapped stems with my finger.

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Post  yolos on 8/27/2017, 9:44 pm

I used to tap the stems in the spring trying to get the earliest tomatoes.  Now I use an electric toothbrush in the spring.  When the tomatoes start coming in a lot, then I stop using the tapping or electric toothbrush and just let nature do its thing.
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Post  CapeCoddess on 8/28/2017, 4:56 pm

I'm a tomato flicker if the pollinators aren't around. You know, like when you put your middle finger behind your thumb and *boink* the stem a few times?
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I don't flick anything else.
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Post  brianj555 on 8/28/2017, 5:53 pm

@CapeCoddess wrote:I'm a tomato flicker if the pollinators aren't around.  You know, like when you put your middle finger behind your thumb and *boink* the stem a few times?
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I don't flick anything else.
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Hahahahah.  Well my tomatoes are on 6' bamboo stakes.  So what I decided to do based on what you guys suggested, is shake the bamboo a little bit for starters. The plants aren't secured tightly to the steak, but flicking the steak does rattle the plant a little bit.  Being a newbie, I'm being very cautious, making sure I don't break it when I shake it. Very Happy
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