Sarah Hickey
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tomatoes in screen room

My topsy turvy tomatoes are growing well on my screen porch--but will I need to pollinate them when blossoms form? If so, how? The bees and other insects can't get to them. I have 2 Better Boy plants in each planter, and the planters are about 5 feet apart. Plants are currently 2-2 1/2 feet tall/long with no blossoms to date.
Sarah

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Kisal
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Welcome to the forum, Sarah! :)

To hand pollinate tomatoes, use a q-tip or a small artist's-type paint brush. Gently swirl it around inside each blossom. Each flower of a tomato plant has both male and female characteristics, so they are self-fertile. All you need to do is get a few grains of pollen from the stamen onto the pistil. :)
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Sarah Hickey
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Thank you for the kind welcome! Your information was very useful. I have several blossoms now, so I will pollinate them tomorrow. I'll let you know when little tomatoes appear!

Sarah :)
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