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QUESTION: Tomatoes not producing

comments (5) July 25th, 2010

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I 'm getting very little production out of my plants .I have about six plants growing in raised beds and fertilize monthly. I seem to get one or two tomatoes a month. I was concerned about overwatering but I reprogrammed my drip system to water less and still no results? I do have the black netting 1/2 in. square over everything to keep out the birds. Could this be part of my problem?


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Ruth writes: JanaBO60, use our site search to look for info on blossom end rot. You'll find it in the upper right corner of every page on the site.
Posted: 8:07 am on August 23rd
JanaBO60 writes: How about a quick solution to blossom end rot before my summer here in MT ends?
Posted: 9:52 am on August 22nd
EmeraldThumb writes: You might also give some consideration to the type of fertilizer you are using. If you are using a high nitrogen content fertizer, you might be encouraging growth of the foliage at the expense of fruit set. Try using a fertilizer with a higher relative phosphate content, e.g. a 5-10-10 or 5-10-5.

Good luck.
Posted: 8:37 am on April 24th
Sue73127 writes: Tomatoes often don't set fruit (even when blossoms are present) when daytime temperatures are above 85-90 degrees. Gently shaking the plants every day (mornings preferred) can help distribute the pollen and fertilize the blossoms if your daytime high temperatures are less than 85 to 90 degrees.

If your temps are too high, don't despair! Keep watering, weeding, mulching, fertilizing and shaking your tomato plants, and when the temps drop in the fall, they'll probably set plenty of tomatoes which you can pick before frost, wrap individually in newspaper, and enjoy well into December or January!
Posted: 9:16 am on August 23rd
simmran3 writes: Many factors contribute to poor production and certainly over watering is a main one. High temps plus watering from any city water supply isn't as ideal as rain and temps in the 80's.

Other factors are variety, sunlight and soil structure which includes Ph balance. Hybrids like Celebrity and Early Girl are popular because they produce consistently throughout a wide range of weather forces. Black netting could only be a problem if this hampers air flow. Tomatoes are self pollinating, which means air movement, natural breezes etc. are needed to turn the blossom into a tomato. Air temp, humidity, also plays a role for the blossom to form a tomato. The best bet with the netting do is to raise the netting so it does not contact the plant.

Posted: 1:03 am on August 18th
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