Skip to comments.I have some questions about my Tomatos...
Posted on 08/17/2013 7:00:14 AM PDT by US Navy Vet
My tomatoes are just producing ALOT of leaves and LITTLE TINY Yellow flowers but NO "fruit" yet. Is this normal? All you FreeRepublic Gardeners have any answers for me? I Live in W/ Iowa(Council Bluffs).
It depends on lots of things, but most tomato varieties will not set fruit above 92 F. Has it been hot in your parts?
Yes, I agree- might be too hot. I use ‘blossom set’ spray too —
Been a pretty mild summer(may 1 week above 90 whole summer).
The heat is the likely culprit. I’m in western Ne, and only recently with the cooler nights, have my plants begun to set heavily. Could also be too much fertilizer/water.
Most garden centers...and I think Walmart...carry a product called “blossem set.” It is a hormone that promotes fruit setting. Get some and spray it on. It helps.
Pinch off the suckers. That will stop the plants form putting on too much foliage and not enough fruit. Do a search and find a picture of the suckers to pinch off.
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Lots of fruit for me here in southern michigan but too cold for Tomatoes to ripen.
not enough bees,monsanto killed all the bees
It’s 61 degrees out with a high of 66 here in NC today.
Strangest summer weather to happen in years.
Bboop touched on where I look next, which is nutrients. Fruit bearing plants need the right balance of phosphorous to nitrogen. I found this on the Burpee site.
Got lots of leaves, but no fruit? The plant is likely getting too much nitrogen, which triggers it to grow foliage, and not enough phosphorus, which favors flowering and fruiting. Choose a fertilizer that has a balanced ratio of the three major elements, such as 10-10-10, or where the middle number (phosphorus) is larger than the first number (nitrogen), such as 2-3-1. Tomatoes are heavy feeders and usually do need fertilizer unless your soil is very rich. But follow the directions carefully to avoid overdoing it. Slow-release fertilizers, including organic formulas such as Burpee’s Organic Tomato Fertilizer with Aragonite have a greater margin of error than fast-release water-soluble kinds.
Give them more time. Tomatoes have a somewhat nasty habit of doing exactly that, you get tons of flowers, and wait and wait and wait and there is no fruit, then one day you go out and you have 100 tiny tomatoes starting.
How long have they been in?
I planted store start tomatoes back in May and only in the last 4 weeks or so am I getting fruit.
But around mid-June a bunch of plants started on their own in my compost pile and they are going hells bells, MUCH better than my store bought varieties.
If tomatoes are going good they are pretty hardy and you should have till first frost.
Also, normally tomatoes form tiny clusters or tree-like things of flowers, with eight to twelve flowers on the same tiny branch. You might want to snip them back so that the branch has only one or two actual tomatoes on them, that way they should mature quicker.
NUTHIN BETTER than a good home grown vine ripened tomato!
Its global warming, y’all!!! See, it gets colder which means it really wants to be hotter, so...um... if you don’t believe that, then you are racist. /s
I am about 80 miles to the East. Our tomatoes are quite late but coming on strong now. I think patience is the prescription.
Yum yum! Green fried tomatoes
It is because of the cool summer we are having. Let them stay until the first frost.
Another method the scammers are using is this, we are experiencing a pause in man made global warming, so we should take advantage of it and rapidly implement carbon taxes, green energy, etc. NOW!
I’ve read where they self pollenate, but I have seen bees, etc. hit the blossoms....One thing I did read and did was to shake new blossom branches gently to stir things up a bit.
After I did this, I did see more fruit start to bear.
My biggest problem was little brown mite-like bugs killing all the leaves. I got some spray for vegetables and it helped but I probably started this too late....
My stuff was grown in three pots on the front porch..
I don't know how or why, but I'm sure that is racist and homophobic.