Answer...not exactly true, but not false either! In their native habitat, tomatoes were pollinated by solitary bees; however, tomatoes are self-fertile. They can be pollinated by wind, hand-shaking, or by visiting insects, including bees.
hahahaha you guys!!!
I just let a few go "wild" and they'll not only self-seed, but I like the taste of them alot more - they're also more naturalized & climatized!
I let 'em grow in a pot, so when it gets cool, I can move 'em indoors!!
I just assumed that they wer polinated by bees. I grew up on a farm here in Ont. and have gardened all my life. who would have thought I'd learn something new after all these years! LOL . Well, I'm going to go out and give my plants a gentle shake now and then from now on.
my bees ignore the maters for sweeter flowers- i pinch a bud n just "kiss" the other blooms to set the fruit, tho sometimes we have to pinch the leaves off cept for several (or beat with a handtowel )to wake the plant up, n get the blooms to happening. Same for my Meyers Lemon.
If your maters are outside, you shouldn't need to shake them. Usually there is enough breeze to cause enough movement to distribute pollen if the bees and other pollinators don't do it for you. I only have 2 plants in an Earthbox, but they are loaded with maters and haven't shaken a single branch. LOL The wind does a good job of that.