SLC
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Do you need to help tomatoes, potatoes and pepper pollinate?

I do not know how any of this works. I learned a while ago, that it helps to do corn and the other day, I learned you can do it to cucumbers, but now I am noticing that my tomatoes have flowers, but no fruit behind it.

The peppers have mini peppers, but I never saw any flowers, so I think they are just falling off.

The potatoes have a bunch of flowers, but I obviously can't see if anything is developing.

I haven't seen any bees around this year. I had tons last year.

Do I need to do something with any of them? If so, what should I do?

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Nope, all of those are self-fertilizing. And obviously if you have little peppers it is working....

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Ai gree with rainbow, but I have to admit that I give my tomatoes a little shake, and sometimes will "fluff" the blossoms to give them a little help in transferring pollen (I do this especially when we're having some heat/humidity). Whether it works or not...doesn't really matter. It makes me feel good having done it!

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Do you know why the tomato plants are flowering, but then the flowers just wilt and die, and no tomatoes?

Is that normal at first, and then later the tomatoes form? I had one tomato plant last year, but I don't remember it doing this - it flowered and then tomatoes formed. Then again, I bought it as a small plant and this year I started all mine from seed indoors. Does that make a difference?

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If grown outside the breeze gives them a shake enough to pollinate them. If grown indoors give them a shake when you water them. As said, these types are self fertile. They do need a little mechanical vibration to spread the pollen.
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It's called blossom drop when the flowers just drop off without setting fruit. It is basically a reaction to stress and could be any of a variety of stresses. If the plant flowers when it is very young/ small, it may just not be able to support fruit, so drops the blossoms. Otherwise, too hot/ too cold/ too wet/ too dry/ too much fluctuation between wet and dry can all cause blossom drop.

Tell us a little more what your tomatoes conditions are.
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