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Pollinating toms in a tunnel

Discussion in 'Poly-Tunnel Gardening' started by savo318, Jul 21, 2015.

  1. savo318

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    I was wandering what the best way to pollinate toms is, and what different ways people do it. I've been using a toothbrush, and this seems to be really effective.
    Also as a side note, I've grown beans in my tunnel, does anyone know if these will self pollinate.
     
  2. Lolimac

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    I rely on the bees to pollinate my Toms and also every time I'm in the GH I tap the canes and wires they're climbing up..as for Beans there are self pollinating varieties but again I rely on insects to do the job and occasionally mist the flowers..:blue thumb:
     
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      Tomatoes are self pollinating, but they need a hand, just tap the canes as Loli says every time you check them. If they still aren't setting you can try misting them in the mornings.

      What variety are you growing?
      French beans are self-fertile as are some of the recent hybrids with Runner Beans . Traditional/Heritage runner bean varieties need insects, which can be a problem in a tunnel/greenhouse.
       
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      i'm growing white imbergo, theyre a stringless variety. i went for these because theres nothing worse when your eating sunday dinner, than finding stringy bits.
       
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      Never heard of that, nor can google find it :scratch: if you still have the seed packet it should say if it's a hybrid with french bean, otherwise I'd say you need to encourage bees.
       
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      sorry i was trying to remember what they were called from memory. they are White Emergo.
       
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      Does anyone have any tips on pollinating broad beans in a tunnel?
       

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