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Pollinating Tomato Plants

LindaWhit | May 4, 201510:59 AM

I'm an extreme novice container gardener, due to the fact I live in a townhouse, and we aren't allowed to dig up plots of land. Which is fine with me, as I'm only cooking for myself anyway, so smaller quantities of veggies works for me.

This year, from seed, I'm trying: dwarf bush basil, chives, long-white bunching onions (a.k.a. scallions), Artic Crisp lettuce, Swiss chard, watercress, French Breakfast radishes, and "Short 'n' Sweet" carrots (I think they're supposed to be about 4" long).

From starter plants, I'm going with: peppermint, spearmint, lemon thyme, rosemary, oregano, and flat leaf parsley.

Just yesterday, I decided to get a starter plant of Roma tomatoes. I'm not a *huge* fan of tomatoes, but wanted to see if I could grow it (have never done so before). And I like the meatiness of Roma tomatoes.

Most tomato plants are sold in mini-flats of up to 6 plants - way too much for me. So when I saw the single Roma plant, I went for it. Repotted it yesterday afternoon, but will probably re-pot again when I get home and after I buy a tomato cage or trellis to support it.

After posting elsewhere about buying the single plant, someone responded that I need two tomato plants so they can pollinate each other. Off I went to The Google, and found that tomatoes are self-pollinating, but can be helped by gently shaking the plant (once flowers have opened) to help shake the pollen from the stamen to the stigma on the same flower.

Sooooo, after my long, over-explained post, my question is - has anyone ever done this before, and what were your results in quantities and qualities of tomatoes?

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