Tomatoes, amongst beans, eggplants, and peppers, are often known to gardeners as “self-pollinating” plants. Tomatoes are considered “self-pollinating” as they grow flowers that have both the stamen and the stigma (male and female parts) on the same blossom. As a result of this structure, pollen from the stamen can fall onto its own stigma, resulting in pollination.
While self-pollinators are usually wind pollinated (and occasionally by bees), certain environmental factors have to be met to provide decent pollination. Lack of air movement, low insect numbers (depleting honeybee populations), high temperatures, and excessive humidity or moisture can all slow of completely hinder the pollination process. In situations such as these, the crop is risked.
Hand pollination is a common gardening process and can result in a more successful crop. Recent testing has suggested that BugVibes™ devices can provide assistance to natural pollination on tomatoes and may at the same time help keep off stink bugs.
Particularly useful in situations where wind pollination cannot occur, BugVibes™ is great for use in greenhouses. Other than vibration, the main way to initiate pollination in a greenhouse is by using bumblebees. Purchasing a hive, however, can cost several hundred dollars and only lasts a few months… BugVibes™ offers a reasonable solution by attaching to and vibrating the tomato plant, allowing pollen to fall onto the stigma.