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52. Introduction to Pollination
Looking around your garden, have your ever watched the bees around your flowers? Have you been thinking about what the bee really does for your garden? When you are gardening in the greenhouse, you will need to learn more about pollination and what a bee can do for your flowers. Here are some quick tips about your greenhouse flowers, vegetables and pollination.
When flowers start on your plants, no matter what type of flower you have, you will need to pollinate the flower so that the life of the flower continues, or so that the flower can become a fruit or vegetable.
So when the flowering starts, each flower cluster will need to be vibrated at a minimum of three times a week so that the pollen will fall. When you donít pollinate flowers, you can end up with strange shaped fruits or smaller fruits.
I recommend that you vibrate the flowers or the flower stalks about midday when it is most humid. If you have a large greenhouse you might want to order some bees and let them loose in the greenhouse to save you hours if labor in shaking the flowers. If you are going to install a small hive of bees in your greenhouse you canít use chemicals on the flowers, and you have to make sure that everyone that visits the greenhouse is not allergic to bees. If you have visitors in your greenhouse often, you should keep a first aid kit in your greenhouse.
One thing to keep in mind with tomatoes is that once the flowers bloom and the petals curve back you have three to four days to pollinate the tomatoes plants to achieve maximum fruit.
Donít worry if you donít get to pollinate the flowers the first day that they bloom, they will be blooming for a few more days before it reaches a more important level for pollination.
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