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Hi! My name is Mary Lynn. My mom and I bought some tomato plants a few months ago and two of them–a porch and the common tall type–have been doing very well. The porch tomato already has 14 tomato fruits, and one of the larger types has 3, but the tallest one, which is taller than my mom, doesn’t have any. It keeps making flowers but they just shrivel up. Help?
Thanks, everyone! Hondu, I’ll try the tapping. Yeah, it’s really hot around here, but even thought it’s just gotten hotter the other two plants are seemingly able to thrive. They’re still making tomatoes… and we have lot’s of bees.
Steed, I’ll try watering them a little more often. They always seem to perk up after being watered.
rjs, brilliant! That’s it! My mom and I have a tendency to ignore instructions to anything, and this tomato food that we give them is full of nitrogen. The box said to feed them once every 7 to 14 days, and we had been feeding them the food once every 2 days. xD Lolz. Thank you!!
Aha! Our big big plant has finally sprouted it’s first little tomato! 😀 Thanks everyone!
Answer by Hondu
If you have been having hot weather, consistently above the low nineties, the blossoms will dry up and fall off. The plants with tomatoes may have set fruit before the hot weather hit. The other possibility is lack of pollinating insects. You can try gently tapping the blossoms with a finger tip to loosen and spread the pollen inside the flower. Tomatoes are self pollinating, meaning both male and female parts are inside the same blossom, so pollen doesn’t have to be moved from one blossom to the other.
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