pollinate tomatoes in greenhouse?

Does anyone know about which plants need artificial pollination in a greenhouse? I have tomatoes, bell peppers, trying a cucumber vine, etc, I have a 8x10 inch vent in the wall, bees could find it possibly, there is also access all the way around the bottom of the greenhouse (4" gap"). I had a spray a few years ago for tomatoes for indoor growing. Can I pollinate tomatoes with a Q-tip? How is this done (using other plants)? can I tell the difference between a male and female plant? There must be a lesson in "the birds and the bees" concerning gardening, takes me back to middle school ;o) Thanks for any help, Mr. Planter
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I just tap on the main stem or gently shake the plant once or twice a day, for tomatoes. Same with bell peppers and cukes.
With a vent in the wall, the bees will probably find your plants.
For hand pollination, a little artist's paintbrush works well.
You must be up north, if you have to grow all of the warm weather crops in a greenhouse...
Jan, in Alaska
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Green GiantDoes anyone know about which plants need artificia
pollination in a greenhouse? I have tomatoes, bell peppers, trying a cucumber vine, etc, I have a 8x10 inch vent in the wall, bees could find it possibly, there is also access all the way around the bottom of the greenhouse (4" gap"). had a spray a few years ago for tomatoes for indoor growing. Can I pollinate tomatoes with a Q-tip? How is this done (using othe plants)? can I tell the difference between a male and female plant? There must be a lesson in "the birds and the bees" concerning gardening, takes me back to middle school ;o) Thanks for any help, Mr. Planter
here u go hope this helps u some. here is a thought for u try using a electric toothbrush to do the job:). there are some people who us large fans in the greenhouse to get the pollen moving. goo luck, sockiescat. http://tinyurl.com/rvlg
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that was a good article. thanks. When using vibrator method, what really happens? does the pollen from the above blossoms fall to the ones below? They are on the same plant so wouldn't they all be male? Or all female? BTW, for the Alaskan who asked, I am north of Seattle and we get good enough weather to grow tomatoes but by the time they ripen, the whole plants are usually eaten up by blight so a greenhouse is about the only way to actually get to eat the fruit. Happy growing, thanks for anyone who can explain pollination further..... Green Giant
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Use a small artist's paintbrush to daub at each blossom. Go from flower to flower as a bee would do. That should get plenty of fruit to set.
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