Farmer Uses Vibrator to Pollinate Tomatoes

Farmer Uses Vibrator to Pollinate Tomatoes

A $15 slimline vibrator (similar to this one) is the secret to one farmer’s success. Joseph Lofthouse, a Utah farmer and World Tomato Society ambassador, uses a vibrator to help his tomatoes (and other crops) grow and thrive.

Why? When there aren’t enough insects, like bees, or wind to shake the pollen loose and pollinate the other plants, the tomatoes won’t grow. So Lofthouse found this DIY solution.

In a video detailing his method, he explains that he presses the vibrator for a second or two against the flower cluster to shake open and release the pollen. He also uses the toy on specific flowers to help them release their pollen which he then uses to pollenate other nearby plants.

Lofthouse doesn’t just apply this method to his tomatoes but also to other vegetables and sunflowers. He says the fruit and flowers are larger as a result. Once the natural pollinators (aka bees) arrive for the season, he needs to use his vibrator method less and less, but it gives the crops an assist.

When people ask why he doesn’t use something other than a sex toy, the reasons are sound. The bristles of an electric toothbrush might be too rough for the plants, and earbuds or paintbrushes aren’t “in harmony with tomato biology.”

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