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  1. #1
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    Default pollination of Tomates

    Has anyone ever been hired to pollinate Tomatoes? Recieved call today from farm operation that wants bees on their Tomates, I have never done , nor heard of honeybees pollinating tomates. If so # of bees hives per acer, this farm has 25 aces.
    Larry Pender,Jubilee HoneyBee Company,Camarillo, CA

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    Default Re: pollination of Tomates

    Commercial hothouse tomatoes are polinated by bumbles usually.
    As for me, all I know is that I know nothing...
    - Socrates

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    Default Re: pollination of Tomates

    Honey bees don't work tomatoes that often if at all, they do not know how to sonicate the flowers to release the pollen as bumbles do and nectar is negligible. Tomatoes self pollinate pretty well anyways, but hey, if they wanna pay you to move your bees out there and it's worth it......

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    Default Re: pollination of Tomates

    Quote Originally Posted by JRG13 View Post
    Honey bees don't work tomatoes that often if at all, they do not know how to sonicate the flowers to release the pollen as bumbles do ......
    Thanks for the education, I had never before seen the word sonicate. Here are a couple of links with more info about sonicate (or buzz pollination):

    http://pollinator.com/self_pollinating_tomato.htm
    http://faculty.pittstate.edu/~dgordo...text_frame.htm
    Graham
    USDA Zone 7A Elevation 1400 ft

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    Default Re: pollination of Tomates

    Yeah, some people use those sonic toothbrushes to do it in the garden. Not really necessary imo but you'd be surprised how much pollen is released.

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