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 Post subject: No Tomatoes?
PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2014 2:16 pm 
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My tomato plants are huge. They are flowering some, but I'm not getting tomatoes. Any ideas?


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 Post subject: Re: No Tomatoes?
PostPosted: Fri May 23, 2014 5:59 am 
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How often are you fertilizing? You should fertilize a little when you plant them, but don't fertilize again until you see the plant starting to fruit. The fertilize every couple of weeks. If you fertilize too often, you get a big, beautiful plant, but no fruit.

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 Post subject: Re: No Tomatoes?
PostPosted: Fri May 23, 2014 7:10 am 
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I haven't fertilized in a month.


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 Post subject: Re: No Tomatoes?
PostPosted: Fri May 23, 2014 8:41 pm 
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Mike what variety of tomato plants are you growing? Are they getting 7 - 8 hours of full sun? Perhaps too much water or nitrogen? Tomatoes like a little stress.....


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 Post subject: Re: No Tomatoes?
PostPosted: Sat May 24, 2014 7:09 am 
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I'll have to look next week when I get home. They are heirloom. When I planted them I covered the bed in a back of Black Kow and that is all. It flowers pretty well, but I'm not getting much fruit.


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If you are getting flowering, try squirting them with some apple juice or Epsom salt solution.


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 Post subject: Re: No Tomatoes?
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Thanks


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 Post subject: Re: No Tomatoes?
PostPosted: Sun May 25, 2014 7:39 am 
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when did you plant your tomatoes? Manure is about 80% nitrogen and could give you the green growth I was mentioning. Timing is huge with tomatoes as well. If they were planted after mid-April, some plants stop fruiting when the temps get hot. If it's flowering, but they're not setting fruit, then you may need more pollinators. You can also give the cages a good shake since they can also be wind pollinated. I don't know what in the world apple juice is going to do for your plants.

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PostPosted: Tue May 27, 2014 11:09 am 
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I've read that the ethylene in apple juice can help tomato flowers "set" fruit. I use it sometimes in conjunction with epsom salt at various times over the growing season and it does seem to help. I rarely have flowers that don't produce. Even if it doesn't help your tomatoes set fruit, it isn't going to harm them either.


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 Post subject: Re: No Tomatoes?
PostPosted: Tue May 27, 2014 3:52 pm 
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There are some products for setting fruit without true pollination. Blossom set, something like that - I've seen a couple of brand names. I don't squire the flowers, I squirt a little into the cap and dip a q-tip and touch each flower. (I think it says not to get the spray on the rest of the plant). I use this when it is getting warm and the fruit isn't setting any more, this buys a little more time for fruit but they have no seeds (which looks a little odd in tomatoes).

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 Post subject: Re: No Tomatoes?
PostPosted: Fri May 30, 2014 6:04 am 
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if you have flowers but no tomatoes, it normally means you didn't get pollinated. I shake the cages a few times and that always works.

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