Bumblebees

Natural pollination with bumblebees

It is necessary that the flower of the tomato plant be pollinated to produce tomatoes. In a natural environment, the pollen of the tomato plant is released by the wind and different insect species. This process can be copied in the greenhouse by tapping the tomato plant or by using bumblebees. The bumblebees live in commercial bumblebee hives that are positioned in the greenhouse. Since the tomato flower does not contain nectar, food in the shape of sugar water is offered in the commercial bumblebee hives. The grower closely monitors whether sufficient tomatoes form. If this is not the case, additional bumblebees are deployed.