Hand Pollination Self Pollinating – How to Pollinate Plants Manually
Pollination of plants usually occurs naturally in nature through weather conditions and with the help of bee’s wasps and other buzzing ultrasonic winged creatures, and some plants even self pollinate themselves e.g. beans and don’t require any extra help. Without successful pollination you will never get fruit on your plants so its always a gardener’s number one priority to get the most of there crop and this means successful pollination. Pollination is the transfer of pollen from the inside of the flower to the stigma of the same or different flower.
In order to increase the chances of pollination we use self pollination or use our hands to pollinate the plant manually. There are many techniques to use and depending on the type of plant can be easy as shaking the plant lightly when your plants start to flower.
Shake the plant – Most common self pollination technique is to simply grab a branch or stalk and shake gently to help the pollen drop down to the stigma of the flower. You can gently shake the plant 2 to 3 times a day around the time you start to see flowering. Hand Pollination Shake method works great for tomato plants.
Brush Method – This hand pollinate method is also simply, just take a small artistic brush and loosen the pollen from the deepest part of the flower and then rubs the brush over the tip (stigma) of the plant to help pollination. Make sure to be gentle and use a brush that doesn’t simply remove the pollen and leave it on the brush.
Electric Toothbrush – This method of self pollination is to imitate the ultrasonic waves of a buzzing bee, just take the head off your electric toothbrush hold the toothbrush against the side of the plant and give it a few bursts.
Reasons Plants Don't Fruit - Plants not Pollinating
There are many reasons for a plant not pollinating and producing fruit and the most common reason is due to temperature or weather conditions that don’t suit the particular type of plant you are growing. The most common include
Too Cold – Temperatures which are too cold generally result in slow plant growth which means pollinating could be extremely slow or never occur. For example a windy day can be great for pollinating your tomatoes but if its too windy the pollen may just be totally blown away.
Too Wet – Common reason is having too much rain which can cause the pollen to be washed away and depending on the type of plants you are growing you should watch the way you water your plants. For example when watering a corn plant do not water from the top as the pollen will become wet and often drop off which means less chance of pollination.
No Bees/Wasps to do pollinating for you – Depending on where you grow your plants especially indoors this will give bee’s wasps and flies no chance of buzzing around and using there ultrasonic waves from there wings to pollinate your plants. This is when hand pollinating is probably the best way to increase pollination.
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