David R. Hershey dh321 at PGSTUMAIL.PG.CC.MD.US
Mon Jan 8 14:51:47 EST 1996

One possibility why tomato flowers do not form fruit is that they are not
being pollinated. Tomatoes are self-pollinating but the flowers need to be
moved, by wind or insects under outdoor conditions, in order for the
pollen to be transferred from the anther to the stigma. In commercial
greenhouses, which lack wind and insects, tomatoes are pollinated using a
special vibrating tool which gently shakes each flower cluster. Gently
shaking each flower cluster by hand once daily should produce the same 

David R. Hershey
Snail mail: 6700 Belcrest Road #112, Hyattsville, MD 20782-1398

Adjunct Professor, Biology/Horticulture Department
Prince George's Community College, Largo, MD 20772-2199

Email: dh321 at

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