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QUESTION: My tomato plant is not producing fruit

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Hi! I am brand new at gardening this year, and planted an Heirloom Beefsteak plant the first week of June. The plant is now enormous... over 6 feet tall, and has branches that are taking over the rest of my garden, I have staked the plant numerous times, and it just continues to get bigger. The issue that I am having is that it is not producing any fruit. There have been a couple of yellow flowers which have kind of died out. Any ideas or suggestions?
Thanks! Rebecca


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lilacpatty writes: If you put an overly large amount of organic fertilizer
which was very high in Nitrogen (that is the first percentage on the label or bag)., such a leafy wonder can be created.
Perhaps you tried liquid fish fertilizer or liquid seaweed or kelp, or other Nitrogenous source???
Follow label recommendations. Prune back to 2-3 ft tall two-three stems of big size. DO not add any more nitrogen.
Increase heat with burlap under plants or black garbage bag over soil.
When yellow flowers appear gently shake the bush to aid pollination.
Choose varieties for your climate when growing tomatoes and give them the most sun possible always as you imitate their genetic roots of South America.
Always Happy Gardening.

Posted: 10:56 pm on March 5th
myseasons writes: On the other hand if you live in the Sonoma County,CA area it has not been warm enough to get anything to maturity. One, small variety, tomato so far.
Luther Burbank thought this was the ideal place to grow anything. If he had first come this summer, or last, I don't think he would have stayed.
But do prune those plants back.
Posted: 11:41 am on August 3rd
DTPENNINGTON writes: Hi Rebecca,

Having a huge plant with lots of branches and leaves may be your problem. When a tomato plant devotes its energy to making leaves, it wont give anything to making fruit.

A plant that is six feet tall is too tall. I have several that are about 3.5 feet tall and making plenty of fruit. As the plant grows, you want to prune back extraneous branches so there is just one primary stalk. Once that stalk is about 4 feet tall you want to clip it.

Between the branches you might start to see new leaves which eventually will grow out into other branches. Pinch these off! They're called "suckers" and they will suck energy from fruit making. Once the plant has been trained to grow a certain way, it will put a lot more energy into growing fruit.

If you get flowers which still don't turn into fruit, try giving the plant a firm shaking (but not so hard you break it) to stir the pollen in the flowers. Keeping a few bee-attracting flowers around can also help the pollenation.

And, per usual, water deeply and frequently and make sure the plant gets a lot of sun.

Hope this helps!
Posted: 12:56 pm on August 1st
Ruth writes: Rebecca, you don't say where you live, but many parts of the country have been experiencing extreme heat, and above 90 degrees, flowers may not form, and those that do may not set fruit.
Posted: 9:41 am on August 1st
crazeknot writes: Try asking at your local nursey or garden center. I llive in San Diego, can grow about anything. At the end of growing season, I recondition the soil, by mulching & composting. Here we get to grow all year long. Hope this is helpful.
Posted: 2:07 pm on July 28th
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