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Do tomatoes cross pollinate and if so how?
Hi porg’s .. it is my understanding & also speaking from personal experience, no they don’t 🙂
After doing a small amount of googling on the subject porg’s, I have found that it is a contentious issue.
But I haven’t had tomatoes cross pollinate in my garden.. yet!
They generally self pollinate but you can get a bit of cross pollination if you grow them close together, they are potato leaved types, and you have high pollinating insect activity.
Most tomato flowers pollinate themselves before they even open (a bit of movement by the wind puffs the pollen onto the stigma inside the closed petals of the unopen flower) but some, like the potato leaved ones have a long stigma that pokes out of the flower and is vulnerable to pollination by insects.
I have had them cross pollinate, but only when two plants are literally touching. Th colour of one variety and the shape of the other… had some pretty cool results actually! But mostly, they self pollinate.