Who needs a pollinator?

Pollinators play a big role in our school and home gardens. At the Luther Burbank Middle School garden we have many reasons to thank them for all of their hard work – the strawberries, tomatoes and peppers, for example.

So, what is it exactly that pollinators do to help make our gardens flourish? They move pollen from the male part of the flower to the female part of the flower, or from the stamen to the pistil. The plant can then begin fertilization and produce a seed. Some of the pollinators that visit our garden include, bees, butterflies, moths, flies, beetles and hummingbirds. Often the pollinators are attracted to plants because of their color, scent and size. The larger in size and the more attractive in color and scent, the more likely they will get a visit from the pollinators.

Can you decide which of the plants in the picture below require a visit from a pollinator?

Answers:

The basil, the chili peppers, and the rose.

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