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Posted on 30 September 2011 by tomatocasual.com

Green House Tomatoes: The Pollinators Dilemma

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

The other day I was doing some research on greenhouse tomatoes and found a technique I found interesting and sad.

Greenhouse tomatoes are fertilized in several different ways.

One way is the way I used to use when I was an Agriculture Education instructor and that was just letting nature into my greenhouses.

In the commercial setting, this consists of releasing bumblebees into the greenhouse environment. These insects are short-lived but can be expensive when a new hive has to be purchased every time the greenhouse is cleaned out and new plants brought in.

Another approach Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 07 April 2009 by tomatocasual.com

Bumblebee Decline Poses Possible Problems For Tomato Pollination

beeBy Vanessa Richins

By now, you have likely heard that the honeybee is in trouble.

Dubbed victims of colony collapse disorder, whole colonies are suddenly disappearing.

Scientists haven’t pinpointed the cause yet – some feel it might have to do with mites, but this has not been confirmed.

Without honeybees, crops will have trouble being pollinated or fail outright.

Now, scientists are discovering a similar problem with one species of bumblebee – Bombus affinis, the rusty-patched bumblebee.

Bumblebees are essential for pollinating some plants – for example, tomatoes, raspberries and sweet peppers. Because of the way they vibrate the flowers while pollinating, their efforts cannot be replaced by regular honeybees.

In recent years, Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 14 July 2008 by tomatocasual.com

No Tomatoes On Your Plants? Don\’t Blame the Bees!

By Michelle Fabio

If your tomato plants aren’t forming fruit, you may be inclined to think it’s because you haven’t seen bees or butterflies around to pollinate them.

But don’t blame the bees, according to David Goforth, horticulture and forestry agent with the Cabarrus Center of the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service.

“Tomatoes are wind pollinated and outdoor tomatoes don’t need pollinators,” he wrote in a recent Master Gardeners Q & A column in the Charlotte Observer.

Instead, advised Goforth, factors that can affect the setting of tomato fruit include Read the rest of this entry »

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