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greenhouse tomatoes... pollination?

Post: #274193 mrsflibble
Mon May 20, 2013 11:30 am

I know they self pollinate and I can increase yields by tapping the canes occasionally when they're in flower, but can I cross pollinate a yellow (golden sunrise) to a red plum (san marzano) and create a hybrid of utter deliciousness?!
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Re: greenhouse tomatoes... pollination?

Post: #274197 Pumkinpie
Mon May 20, 2013 12:37 pm

I would think so. Genetics is a wonderful thing but u might not get what u expect. Give it a go you have nothing to loose. Sow the resulting seed and see what hapens and save the seeds from the ones u like best. Good luck.

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Re: greenhouse tomatoes... pollination?

Post: #274210 mrsflibble
Mon May 20, 2013 5:39 pm

thanks!
oh how I love my tea, tea in the afternoon. I can't do without it, and I think I'll have another cup very
ve-he-he-he-heryyyyyyy soooooooooooon!!!!

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Post: #274242 dave45
Tue May 21, 2013 10:45 pm

Is it true that commercial tomato growers use vibrators to (self-)pollinate tomato plants?

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Post: #274250 Odsox
Wed May 22, 2013 7:40 am

I don't know what tomato growers do now, but when I was involved with growing toms under acres of glass they used captive bumble bees.
I would have though vibrating every plant would be far too labour intensive.
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Re: greenhouse tomatoes... pollination?

Post: #274252 GeorgeSalt
Wed May 22, 2013 10:39 am

Odsox wrote:I don't know what tomato growers do now, but when I was involved with growing toms under acres of glass they used captive bumble bees.
I would have though vibrating every plant would be far too labour intensive.


If you look on iPlayer there was a Radio 4 programme a couple of weeks ago about the bumble bees used by tomato growers, it was either Material World or Costing The Earth.
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Post: #274253 diggernotdreamer
Wed May 22, 2013 11:41 am

I think they have to use the Ann Summers method in Australia, bumble bees are not indigenous there I believe

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Re: greenhouse tomatoes... pollination?

Post: #274254 oldfella
Wed May 22, 2013 1:38 pm

And what, Pray may I ask, is the Ann Summers method :dontknow: :roll:
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Re: greenhouse tomatoes... pollination?

Post: #274255 Odsox
Wed May 22, 2013 2:41 pm

oldfella wrote:And what, Pray may I ask, is the Ann Summers method :dontknow: :roll:

Ahem, maybe have a look yourself :oops: .... http://www.annsummersoutlet.com/
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Re: greenhouse tomatoes... pollination?

Post: #274257 diggernotdreamer
Wed May 22, 2013 4:19 pm

Odsox wrote:
oldfella wrote:And what, Pray may I ask, is the Ann Summers method :dontknow: :roll:

Ahem, maybe have a look yourself :oops: .... http://www.annsummersoutlet.com/


After you have looked OJ, we could start a new thread about rabbits ........... :hugish:


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