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Blossom

Tomato growing mavens, I need your help!

 

So... I've been googling around and can't get a straight answer. Do I need to help my flowers procreate? These are red currant tomatoes. So far I've just been tapping them on the head hoping that will shake down some pollen onto the stigma, but since the stigma pokes out through the enclosed part where the pollen is, will that be enough to pollinate the flowers? I've also left my fan blowing lightly on the plants to try to keep them moving to try to recreate an outdoor growing environment. Should I be introducing a small paintbrush to the equation since these guys are never going to meet their normal bee helpers?

 

OMG, I feel like a pimp.

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Taken on June 8, 2010