Tomato Pollination - Knowledgebase Question

Nashville, AR
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Question by twash
April 15, 1998
I am making a screened-in house for my raised beds for my tomatoes. I can buy screen wire that has openings large enough to let the bees in and keep the mocking birds out, or I can buy screen wire with openings small enough to keep bees out too. My question is: Do tomatoes require bees or other critters for pollination or are they self-pollinating? Should I make sure the bees can get inside the house?

Answer from NGA
April 15, 1998
Tomatoes are self-pollinating. A gentle breeze will knock the pollen off and pollinate the flowers. If you get a breeze through your screen house, that would be sufficient. Or have a fan blowing gently on the plants. Or simply walk around and gently shake the flowering branches yourself.

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