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B3B3 Posts: 21,475

I have some tomato plants very close to bee and butterfly magnets like wild marjoram , vb and nasturtiums.

They are alive with pollinators but the tomato plants don't seem to get a look in and I have very few fruits.

Do the 'magnets' attract the pollinators away from the tomatoes.

Ps I'd rather have butterflies than tomatoes!

In London. Keen but lazy.

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  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,902

    You don't need bees to pollinate tomato plants. Just give the flowers a little shake from time to time. 

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 8,532

    The idea is that the pollinators attract pollinating insects to that area of your garden where they are growing, whilst they're visiting the pollinators they should also notice your tomato plants and pollinate them too.
    I've got a good crop coming on in my g/house.
    I plant about 15 marigolds around the toms and basil too. The smell deters aphids and attracts pollinators to the marigolds and while they're there the sort out the toms too.
    You can assist pollination by tapping your fingers on the stem of the plant, ideally late morning

    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • B3B3 Posts: 21,475

    It's late morning now. I'll go out and tap!

    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 8,532

    :) happy tapping

    Some suggest holding the body of an electric toothbrush against the stem - it makes them shiver

    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
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