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How to pollinate flowers??

Postby KevinTJH » Mon Jan 07, 2013 4:27 pm

A couple of my eggplant plants have had flowers for some time now, even a couple of flowers have dropped off already.

I've only recently attempted to pollinate the flowers by hand, by using a cotton bud and gently rubbing the flowers. I haven't done that with the chillies because the flowers are just too small.

I also bought some flowers and a massive sunflower 2 days ago, in hopes that I'll attract some bees to my balcony. So far I haven't seen any bugs on my balcony, except for caterpillars (I hate butterflies for that).


My apartment is located slightly above ground level but the balcony doesn't seem to be close to any plants or trees on the streets.
Any help would be really appreciated! I can upload some photos if necessary.
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Re: How to pollinate flowers??

Postby jaden62 » Tue Jan 08, 2013 6:28 am

Get a packet of kid's paint brushes, those ones with the small tips & coloured handles. Then use those to just brush in & around the flowers. I've found if you just go from one to another, ensuring that all flowers get an adequate "tickling", you'll get a pretty good pollination rate. Even chilli flowers aren't too small to do this to with these brushes, just a little fiddly.
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Re: How to pollinate flowers??

Postby Temora140 » Tue Jan 08, 2013 8:28 pm

Or use cotton buds if you don't wnat to buy paint brushes.
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Re: How to pollinate flowers??

Postby KevinTJH » Wed Jan 09, 2013 12:26 pm

Thank for the responses, guys.

I bought a set of kid's brushes since it barely cost me anything. Seems a lot more gentle than the cotton bud.
When brushing the flowers under direct sunlight, I can see why powder flowing down from the flowers. Are those pollens?
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Re: How to pollinate flowers??

Postby jaden62 » Wed Jan 09, 2013 6:04 pm

Yep, it's probably the pollen. I just found that the paint brushes seemed to get into smaller spaces, & made it easier to "tickle" the flowers (smaller ones in particular) than cotton buds.
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Re: How to pollinate flowers??

Postby KevinTJH » Wed Jan 09, 2013 6:49 pm

Also, how do I know if pollination is successful? What are the signs?

I've been doing it every afternoon, but I still see flowers dropping.
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Re: How to pollinate flowers??

Postby tam » Wed Jan 09, 2013 6:54 pm

Are they female flowers you are pollinating?
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Re: How to pollinate flowers??

Postby greg.l » Wed Jan 09, 2013 8:08 pm

With things like pumpkins and cucumber I pull off the male flower, strip off the petals, hold the stem and push the stamens onto the female stigma.
My chillis don't need pollinating.
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Re: How to pollinate flowers??

Postby tam » Wed Jan 09, 2013 9:24 pm

I do the same thing Greg or I would not have any pumpkin.
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Re: How to pollinate flowers??

Postby KevinTJH » Thu Jan 10, 2013 1:00 pm

tam wrote:Are they female flowers you are pollinating?

Correct me if I'm wrong but I thought eggplant flowers were both male and female?

Is that green bit the stigma or is it deeper than that?

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Re: How to pollinate flowers??

Postby tam » Thu Jan 10, 2013 8:36 pm

Yes you are right they are.
Sorry I don't grow eggplants and assumed they had both female & male flowers.
After googling, another reason fruit is not setting could be not enough water.
Hope you do get fruit off them.
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