QUESTION: Can I pollinate my tomatoes? Or do I need to do anything at all? – Belinda C
ANSWER: Most of the time it is not necessary to pollinate tomatoes yourself. If your tomatoes are not being pollinated naturally by the wind, you can pollinate them yourself. Simply giving the plants a gentle shake can help to distribute the pollen. As an alternative, you can place an electric toothbrush behind the open flowers when it is running, then shake the plant or blow on it to help distribute the pollen.
Another method is to use a small receptacle to catch the pollen in, then use a cotton swab to place the pollen on the end of the stigma of female flowers. You may wish to try a few different methods to see which one will work out best for you. Pollinate every two or three days, and when a flower has been successfully pollinated, it will wilt and begin the process of fruiting.