Are your zucchini or tomatoe plants growing like crazy in your Vertical Garden? Do they have had lots of flowers but are giving little or no fruit? If you are experiencing this, it could be caused by a lack of pollination due to the decline of the native bee population. Today more gardeners have to manually pollinate their fruiting crops by hand pollination. Learning this skill is becoming important to insure a bountiful harvest from not only your Vertical Garden, but vegetable plants and fruit plants planted in the soil.
What crops need to be pollinated?
All fruit plants and vegetable plants that have flowers need to be pollinated.
Self Pollinating Plants
Some plants contain both male and female parts to self pollinate and produce fruit. Some of these are:
- Some Cucumbers
- Some Cucumbers
Separate Male and Female Flowers
Signs that you need to Manually Pollinate
- You see no bees, butterflies, or other pollinators such as flies
- You are growing inside
- Flowers or immature fruit shrivel up and fall off the plant before the fruit sets on
- Plant dies
Watch this short video to learn how to pollinate all plants.
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