I have 8 plants and 7 all have had a decent number of tomatoes, but one
plant has not had any. It is the plant the has grown the best and
biggest and looks the healthiest. It's actually huge-- over 6 feet
tall, and filled out well. Has had lots of flowers, but not one tomato.
It's in the same spot as I had one last year that produced many
tomatoes. I'm confused why this one plant is not growing any tomatoes,
and it is the biggest and healthiest of the lot.
So you've had a healthy looking plant not bear anything sometimes? I
don't plant much and only tomatoes this year. First time I have seen
this happen. I keep expecting one day for it to have a whole bunch of
tomatoes, but it is August and still not one... It would make more sense
if the plant right next to it wasn't bearing anything too, but it is.
Or, there was something about the exact spot that the pollinators are
avoiding, but it's same spot I had one last year that also grew huge and
bore many fruit.
On Saturday, August 2, 2014 7:12:40 AM UTC-7, Gus Overton wrote:
This isn't directly relevant to your huge, egotistical outlier <g> but I no
ticed you planted same veg in same spot as last year. I understood it's pr
eferable to rotate to different areas each year. Avoid possible ? bad stuf
f in soil and possibly depleted ? good stuff for given plant.
Very vague,but does anybody know what I'm talking about? Agree/disagree? F
ill in question marks?
I don't know. I don't notice them on the ground. I just let it grow
without doing much other than staking/caging it for support. I've
treated it the same as the other plants, which is pretty much just let
it grown on it's own.
Disclaimer: I have a black thumb, so I am probably wrong.
If you have bees, and if your flowers close up, turn black,
and fall off, then you are under watering them.
The local organic greenhouse, before the turkeys moved to
another county on me, use to soak their tomatoes every day.
They told me that they are a Amazonian tropical plant and
the expect to get *drenched* every day. But to make sure
the soil drains. They don't like sitting in water.
there are many possible reasons, but if the
plant is not in some way isolated from pollinators
or otherwise protected from the wind or the rain
then i would guess that it is a mutation that
you could try to take pollen off another plant
and to hand pollinate a flower and see if that
works (using a small paint brush).
this year for us our cherry tomatoes are fairly
barren, the beefsteaks are doing fine. usually
we have more cherry tomatoes than we can eat.
This may be a dumb question, but is there some art/technique to this?
Just brush the flower(s) of a different plant and then brush the flowers
of the non-producing plant? It's a beefsteak plant which are my
favorite garden tomato.
I'm going to go check the plant now. I used to have a small paint
brush. I think it's still around here somewhere.
Just checked and still no tomatoes on that one plant. I can't find my
little paintbrush but have a new 1.5 inch; I guess that will work if
Another half eaten tomato from the plant next to it. I've come to the
conclusion the only way to deal with the squirrels here is just plant so
many tomato plants it can't eat them all. They are very territorial so
I think it's just the one squirrel, maybe it's mate too. Earlier this
year, I harvested about a dozen tomatoes after it started in on eating
the green ones. A second crop is forming now and should be ready for
picking in a week or two.
This seems helpful. I do have Qtips... I didn't know there were male
and female flowers. In the past, I just planted plants and they grew
and produced on their own.
I'm more confused. All the flowers on the plants look the same. I don't
see any that look female like the article shows. Even on the other
plants that are producing they all have what appears to be a stamen
sticking out of the flower. The flowers all look the same.
Hi Gus and Songbird,
I think there may be a clue from Gus' original port:
"It is the plant the has grown the best and
biggest and looks the healthiest"
Gus, Are you using a organic or a conventional fertilizer?
If you are using a conventional fertilizer, there is
a possibility you hit it with too much nitrogen.
If so, Songbird will know how to fix it.
Just an idea.
The hand pollination is a long shot. Tomatoes are usually self-pollinating.
While bird's idea is not impossible it is far from likely.
By 'small' I would picture a brush of 3mm (1/8th in) not 1.5in. You have to
get the tip into the flower and on to the anther, the little spike in the
Or perhaps yopu will produce a boom in their numbers.
They are very
certainly it is a strange way to go about
things, but sometimes it is worth a try, as
is dinging the flowers with the tip of your
finger, or sometimes watering the plant even
onto the flowers to shake them around, even
if it isn't always the best thing to do to
get the leaves wet...
short of some observation or more description
of why this plant would be pollinating
differently would likely help too, but
sometimes we don't always get all the facts of
and yes, mutations, by their nature, do tend to
be not very frequent, but they do happen (as
evidenced by the pea i planted last year that
ended up not having any functional chlorophyll
in it at all -- it died shortly after the
cotyledons ran out of energy).
temperature sensitive than others, so will not set well if the nights
are too cool or the days too hot.
Sometimes it can help to do something to stress the happy but
unproductive tomato plant. Prune some of the foliage, maybe
even stick a spade down along one side of the plant to sever some
roots. Force the plant out of vegetative mode and into survival mode:
"I have to set some seed before I croak!!!"
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