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Old 03-16-2017, 01:18 PM
 
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I agree 100%! Life is too short not to have fun. Besides, skoff if you want too but I know of many many silly "old wives tales" that not only work, but work better than today's pricey ideas and products.
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Old 03-16-2017, 03:49 PM
 
Location: Milwaukee Area of WI
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I agree 100%! Life is too short not to have fun. Besides, skoff if you want too but I know of many many silly "old wives tales" that not only work, but work better than today's pricey ideas and products.
I agree! I think this thread was fun. You just have to skip over the negative comments that some people write. Some people just have to ruin things--don't let them.
Garden on people!
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Old 07-02-2017, 11:24 PM
 
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Does anyone remember 'old timers' sprinkling something on the tomato blooms to help them set and produce? I know that when conditions are too hot and dry, or too hot and humid, the pollen in the blooms won't 'pollenate' properly! A healthy plant requires enough water and sunlight, but the blooms still may not produce if conditions are not right! Each bloom contains both male and female pollen that must mix within each bloom! Insects such as bees may help with the process, by vibrating and disturbing the pollen! My grandparents use to talk about sprinkling some common product on the blooms to help, but I can't remember what it was...!!!
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Old 07-03-2017, 01:16 AM
 
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Just shake them! That can help them to self pollinate. If they're small enough put a bag over them and then shake them some. Remove the bag and give it time.
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Old 07-03-2017, 07:50 AM
 
Location: NC
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Does anyone remember 'old timers' sprinkling something on the tomato blooms to help them set and produce? I know that when conditions are too hot and dry, or too hot and humid, the pollen in the blooms won't 'pollenate' properly! A healthy plant requires enough water and sunlight, but the blooms still may not produce if conditions are not right! Each bloom contains both male and female pollen that must mix within each bloom! Insects such as bees may help with the process, by vibrating and disturbing the pollen! My grandparents use to talk about sprinkling some common product on the blooms to help, but I can't remember what it was...!!!
Sorry, there is no such thing as female pollen. All pollen is the same, and called male.
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Old 07-03-2017, 08:30 AM
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Location: Bel Air, California
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You can knock it if it doesn't make sense from a scientific standpoint, and sticking matches in the soil makes no sense whatsoever. I have a whole book of these garden tips someone gave me as a gift when I was a new gardener. An awful lot of them are complete nonsense.

Extension services will always tell you to water in the morning, avoid evening watering if possible. Evvening moisture plus darkness promotes the growth of fungi and mold, and yes, it could provide more harbor for insects.

I suggest if you are a rookie, you start off on a good footing and visit your local county Extension service, or find out which Extension serves your area and browse their website for research-based articles. If there are any infallible hort services out there, it's the Extension services.

speaking of nonsense, I always found the admonishment of watering in the evening way over the top. Considering that where I live, it often rains in the middle of the night! Does not seem to lead to fungi and mold despite my failure to dry all my plants off the next morning.
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Old 07-03-2017, 09:49 AM
 
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speaking of nonsense, I always found the admonishment of watering in the evening way over the top. Considering that where I live, it often rains in the middle of the night! Does not seem to lead to fungi and mold despite my failure to dry all my plants off the next morning.
plus the fact that many places get heavy dew nearly every night.
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Old 07-04-2017, 09:28 AM
 
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plus the fact that many places get heavy dew nearly every night.
Maybe it was a regional thing. Maybe from some place that was too damp to begin with.

The only thing I know about watering is that's it's usually a waste of time to water during the day when the sun will evaporate the water. And, water deeply if you are going to water. Don't just water the surface and make the roots come up to get water.
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