Awful weather - typical Brits talk

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  • -taff-taff Forumite
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    Um...tomatoes are self pollinating, they don't need bees...Just shaking them is enough to distribute the pollen where it needs to go. Chillies and peppers too...
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    edited 18 June at 2:05PM
    -taff said:
    Um...tomatoes are self pollinating, they don't need bees...Just shaking them is enough to distribute the pollen where it needs to go. Chillies and peppers too...
    taff, ,I know that, had you registered my post in full you would have seen
    " I've attempted the bee bit with a paint brush as they are very far apart & tapping them just won't do it for now"

    I only have two flowers, one each on separate plants at least six feet apart, I think that distance would require on hell of a shake don't you?



  • -taff-taff Forumite
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    I don't understand. The flowers on each plant will pollinate themselves by themselves unless you're looking to create a hybrid for seeds next year. Tapping each one is fine. They don't need to swap pollen.
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    -taff said:
    I don't understand. The flowers on each plant will pollinate themselves by themselves unless you're looking to create a hybrid for seeds next year. Tapping each one is fine. They don't need to swap pollen.
    That's generally true. GO have some useful free seed-saving guides

    No12 tomatoes (gardenorganic.org.uk)
    The person who has not made a mistake, has made nothing
  • -taff-taff Forumite
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    I don't suppose anyone here has successfully hybridised a couple of heritage tomatoes have they? If they have...any tips?I usually grow a medium size round black, I want to try mixing it with a beefsteak green just to see what will happen really....
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