mommy22 wrote:I know this won't help entire fields of crops, but perhaps for a small backyard garden this may help if your areas are being affected in this way. Like I said, this won't solve the problem, but it may mean the difference between a couple of tomatoes and a regular crop. I notice in my kitchen garden evry year many hummingbirds who appear to be pollinating my tomatoes and other flowering edibles. Does anyone know about hummingbirds and pollination? I plan on adding extra hummingbird feeders if they help in the gardeing process.
I think there is a case for some pollination to occur with hummingbirds, but overall I believe they are rather poor at the job. They have a taste for certain flowering plants while others they will leave alone if given a choice. They also tend to be rather territorial, and you'll only find just so many in any given location. You would need many thousands to compete with the honey bee.