tempest_magix, on Jan 5 2007, 12:33 PM, said:
thanks for the valuable info. is it the same as tomatoes, bitter gourds and ocra? Do i have to hand pollinate this as well?? many thanks
If you are growing your plant outdoors, there shouldn't be a problem with pollination since there will be natural pollinators who will be at work during the day.
I usually do not face a problem with fruit setting of okra (lady's fingers), indoors and outdoors.
As for tomatoes, you may want to follow the suggestions in the previous topics posted in this forum. What I do is to just give the tomato vine a slight shaking to aid pollination. If you have many plants, it is not easily to go pollinate every flower cluster.
As for bittergourd, you may find the need to do so sometimes. Look for the male flower which has no "fruit" behind the petals and then strip off the petals. Brush the pollen-laden anthers of the male flower with the stigma of the female flower, which has a little fruit behind the petals.
Hope that helps,