The tomatoes are now in full bloom. They are a little more vegetative than I would like–and a bit stretched–but the flower clusters look healthy and I am happy with the pollination to this point.
I try to check the pollination weekly, although realistically in busy seasons it is something that I miss. I seem to make the equivalent of a bad New Year’s resolution every spring to be more vigilant about checking my pollination numbers, but by mid-June when I’m coordinating packing lines and markets on top of my grower responsibility, this tends to fall to the wayside.
The tomatoes actually started flowering Feb 26 (day 57)–about 2 weeks ago–but it took about a week before all the plants joined in. We introduced the bees March 3 (day 62) which is very good timing, IMHO.
My notes from last year are not complete, but it looks like we harvested our first serious set of marketable tomatoes the last week of March, and I’m estimating the first week of April this time, so we are a little bit behind. I’m hoping that at least the most advanced few plants will have red tomatoes before the end of the month. We shall see. It depends a lot on the sunlight in the next two weeks (and today is way too cloudy).