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Aerogarden abuzz with the Buzz Pollinator

October 27th, 2009

Aerogarden are always interested in how our customers are using the garden and the tips and tricks they love to share with us.

Recently one of your customers shared his little pearl of wisdom, to pollinate his tomatoes he’d modified an electric toothbrush and attached a cotton bud. I was intrigued so I decided to do some research into the science behind this crafty little contraption.

In nature pollination is carried out by bees and the wind. With the Aerogarden being sheltered indoors we need to give the tomato’s a helping hand to ensure a good fruit yield. Using a toothbrush, it appears that this method of self pollination imitates the ultrasonic waves of a buzzing bee and is known as Buzz Pollination.

Here are our recommended steps if you’d like to make your own Buzz Pollinator and give this way a go.

1. Take a standard electric toothbrush
2. Remove brush fitting and fit a cotton bud onto the end. (some people just use the brush head but we’ve found the cotton bud works best)
3. Put the Buzz Pollinators cotton bud on the back side of any open flowers you see (refer to video below)
4. Hold the Buzz Pollinator to the flower until you don’t see any more pollen falling from the flower.
5. Repeat daily

The Flower will not look immediately different after pollination but after several days the yellow blossom will wilt, dry up and fall off. If the entire flower drops off unfortunately that flower wasn’t pollinated.

This is all that is needed to produce a high yielding Aerogarden Tomato crop.
Feel free to leave a comment sharing your experiences!

If you don’t have a toothbrush handy the I’d recommend you use the Shake technique

The most common self pollination technique is to simply grab a branch or stalk and shake gently to help the pollen drop down to the stigma of the flower. You can gently shake the plant 2 to 3 times a day around the time you start to see flowering.

If  you require any other assistance with your tomato plants we’d recommend you check out our Tomato Plant Troubleshooting blog

Aerogarden Tricks & tips

Blooming Great Indoor Gardening!

October 13th, 2009
Blooming Great Indoor Gardening!
Flowers through winter in the UK! Sound a little far fetched?
Indoor Gardening with an Aerogarden makes it a reality!
With summer gently retreating into the distance our outdoor gardens are slowing down as we prepare for the cold of winter, but that doesn’t mean we have to wave goodbye to luscious blooms for another season. Quite the contrary.
Flowers and plants have throughout the ages provided food, shelter, medicine, oxygen and clothing as well as being used to express emotions whether that be love or grief. New research also indicates that flowers and plants link closely with human well-being. A study in 1996 by Virginia Lohr and others showed that in rooms and offices decorated with flowers blood pressure and pulse rates were notably lower indicated decreased stress levels.
Aerogardens have long been a stable product for the indoor gardener and with one of our Cascading Petunia seedkits you can have lovely colourful blooms during the cooler months. And whilst some literature indicates that singing to your plants or playing Mozart gets them growing with the Aerogarden all you need to do is pop in some nutrient tablets, fill it with water and turn it on, any further water or nutrient requirements are advised on the panels led when neccessary.
Aerogarden.org.uk are the UK’s premium supplier of Aerogarden units, seedkits and accessories.
For any questions pleas email us on sales@aerogarden.org.uk or call 0845 170 7555.

Flowers through winter in the UK! Sound a little far fetched?
Indoor Gardening with an Aerogarden makes it a reality!

Indoor-gardening-petunias

With summer gently retreating into the distance our outdoor gardens are slowing down as we prepare for the cold of winter, but that doesn’t mean we have to wave goodbye to luscious blooms for another season. Quite the contrary.

Flowers and house have throughout the ages provided food, shelter, medicine, oxygen and clothing as well as being used to express emotions whether that be love or grief. New research also indicates that flowers and house plants link closely with human well-being. A study in 1996 by Virginia Lohr and others showed that in rooms and offices decorated with flowers blood pressure and pulse rates were notably lower indicated decreased stress levels.

Aerogardens have earned quite the reputation as a staple product for the indoor gardener and with one of our Cascading Petunia seedkits you can have lovely colourful blooms during the cooler months. And whilst some literature indicates that singing to your plants or playing Mozart gets them growing with the Aerogarden all you need to do is pop in some nutrient tablets, fill it with water and turn it on, any further water or nutrient requirements are advised on the panels led when neccessary.

Aerogarden.org.uk are the UK’s premium supplier of Aerogarden units, seedkits and accessories.
For any questions pleas email us on sales@aerogarden.org.uk or call 0845 170 7555.

indoor gardening