The tomato plant in the living room came through with another vine ripened tomato today, this one is going on my Bacon Duck Egg Tomato Sandwich for breakfast.
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Question by Larry: What’s wrong with my tomato plants?
I have 3 tomato plants that I am growing (wasting my time?) in separate 5 gallon buckets, which are drilled out in the bottom to allow drainage. They were planted in Miracle Grow potting soil. They get approximately 2 gallons of water among the 3 plants everyday and are in full sun. They have flowered like crazy, but are not producing any tomatoes. I prune them as needed. They were about 8″ tall when bought and are currently 3′ tall. Any and all advice is much appreciated
Answer by Hondu
Tomatoes that bloom but fail to set fruit are suffering some type of stress or lack a pollinating insect. Consistent daytime temperatures above the low nineties or nighttime temps in the low fifties will both cause no blossoms or if the blossoms grow they will fail to set fruit. Excessive heat will affect the early/cold set varieties even more. Lack of water or enough hours of sun can also cause it but you mentioned your plants are in full sun and get plenty of water. You can hand pollinate your tomatoes by gently tapping each blossom with a fingernail to loosen and move the pollen around inside the blossom. Tomatoes have both male and female parts in each blossom so the pollen doesn’t have to moved from one flower to another.
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