I have an odd behaving tomato bush, actually two. Two of them are Mr.Stripy
from HomeDepot which I put in the ground at the end of April with many other
varieties. Just yesterday, I noticed that the two Stripies have ZERO
fruit. Zero flowers. They are sitting in the same row as many other
varieties which have set fruit a long time ago which has already ripened.
All the tomatoes are planted in the same soil so it's not as if it's growing
in pure Nitrogen :*). I've never seen anything like it, but I'm curious how
this could happen and has anyone seen this kind of behavior from a tomato
Don't get your plants at a big box store. Go to a good local greenhouse
and you will come near getting what you pay for and healthier plants.
The plants you got may be for a compete differant part of the country.
From Mel & Donnie in Bluebird Valley
I've grown them every year with them behaving and bearing well. But then
I get mine at Millennium Farms, a local greenhouse whose business is based
on Mennonite growing principals and never, ever using chemicals. They
sell heirloom herbs and veggies . . . and guarantee their plants, can't
get much better than that. Did you purchase yours at a local greenhouse
or a large store? Next year, maybe start some from seed and see what
happens. It just doesn't make sense that the one variety would falter
when your others do well.
One cannot go by my tomato plant experience, however, as no one else near
me has the luck (or the tomato plants) that I do. The ones I plant
outside the yard are usually average, but they don't get as much water as
the ones in the garden. We had a meeting at a garden club member's house
yesterday; she was bragging about how well her tomato plants were growing.
When we looked at them, I stayed politely quiet since her largest one was
about the same size as my smallest one that has actually been planted in
the ground. This garden is blessed for certain because it sure isn't my
knowledge or skill!!! The thing I do is keep it all natural and it
rewards me tenfold. I know it's just plain dumb luck, but I (and my
family and friends) will keep enjoying the run as long as it lasts
(hopefully the rest of my life!).
(still has tomato plants to give away!)
I have one plant (Anna Russian) out of 14 varieties that just has not
set any fruit. I've been blaming the weather. It's been very dry since
mid June, and we've had some really hot days mixed through the
dry spell, and lots of windy, low humidity days. (It's been mostly
grand, for anyone that isn't a farmer or gardener.) Perhaps this
variety, for whatever reason, is just more sensitive to the kind of
weather we've had this year. It's been a good performer in the past.
I've got one other plant (Momotaro) that has refused to grow, but
has set some fruit. This plant was puny from the start, but it was
the best of the seedlings I had to choose from, as some seeds failed
to germinate. The last couple of years this variety has been normal,
from seedling on. Perhaps I need fresher seed. I can't otherwise
explain it. (In comparison, the German Orange Strawberry plant,,
both this year and last, started out extremely puny and spindley but
each time it rapidly caught up with the other varieties once it was
in the ground.)
All the other plants are growing well (overtopping the stakes
or crowding the caged) and are loaded with green fruit.
I finally had some SunSugar cherries to pick yesterday. (A bit late.)
Pat in Plymouth MI ('someplace.net' is comcast)
Any technology distinguishable from magic is insufficiently advanced.
Last year one of the tomatilloa grew twice as big as the others and
produced a lot of flowers that all dropped off. It set no fruit. The
other smaller plants were setting lots of fruit. So it wasn't the
weather or the soil conditions. That plant had a problem, probably a
genetic problem, so I composted it. Sad, but true.
Jane Doe wrote:
That's what I decided to do. I certainly have more than enough to feed a
small army with other hard working tomato bushes :).
So far I've fried them, pickled them, made relish, salads, gave away plenty
to most of my neighbors and friends :).
Not a true test Billy. Last year my Thessalonikas didn't produce well
at all, but the flavor was great, so I did one again this year. It's
loaded with greenies and am getting a few reds. The Old Germans have
much more fruit on them than last year. However, the Cherry Roma's did
better last year. Go figger.
Some years things just don't do well. Last year was a bad 'mater year
for a lot of people around here, low yields, and for no apparent reason
that anyone could figure.
FB - FFF
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