Since I thought you had to hand pollinate your tomatoes if you grew them in the basement and then this little one appeared I thought I had better do a little research. It appears that tomato flowers come with both a male and female organs and are self-fertilizing. They just need a little stimulation. A good shake of the plant or a flick of you finger will do. Some people use a tuning fork or an electric toothbrush. A couple years ago, I used a regular toothbrush and rubbed the insides from one flower to the next thinking you had to cross pollinate. Okay, chick killers grandma ain't too smart either. Now that I'm all wise and everything I now know that a good shake is what's needed. Also your not suppose to plant your tomatoes too close together for the wind is a great pollinator along with bugs whose wings vibrate and shake the flowers up. Too close and things are a bit of a squeaze and don't always happen.
Apparently the the same is true with bell peppers. I flicked each flower and shook the plants so we'll see if that works as well as my toothbrush method did a few years ago.
Every flower that was caressed by my toothbrush formed a tomato.
Tomorrow I'll tell you about how wise and smart I am as we'll discuss cucumbers. Okay, it's only that I've been reading up on them since my husband with a firmness in his voice says he wants cucumbers this summer, lots of them. If I can just find my magic wand, the one I never had, then his wish is sure to come true. Otherwise, I'll just study up and do my best.