I'm in Columbia SC and planted late (early June) in a new garden plot
w very rich soil. I also added Miracle grow tomatoe fertilizer not
realizing I was probably over fertilizing. I now have a Mortgage
Lifter that is over 6 feet high but few blossoms and a Marion that is
smaller but also barren. A few blossoms but only one tomatoe so
Can I do anything?
Will these plants likely bear fruit once it cools down some (some days
are below 90 but not for long usually).
Yes, but over 90 is just too hot. Temps need to be below that and below
70 F at night for fruit to set. Sometimes you can help pollination
along with a paintbrush or even a good shaking when the temps are too
high. If you have some blossoms, that might be worth a shot.
He could try flooding their feet every day to leach the excess
N out of the soil, but at some point, he'd start depriving the
plants of the oxygen they need in the soil. (Waterlog the roots.)
And what you said about high temps, I know it's true, although
we don't have that problem locally.
All of my 'maters are in a hothouse. I shake each plant every
day to ensure pollination, in case a few bees forget to visit.
I have really reliable fruit set. (The paintbrush is for people
with more time than I have to spend on the 'mater plants.)
Jan in Alaska
Depending on the size of the plot, you can build a shade or arbor
over it to reduce the direct heat and sun on the plants. By doing this
you create a cold spot for them. The shade will cool the soil and the
indirect sunlight will help reduce the strian on the plants.
As an addition the my last post. Youi can also creat the same
effect by planting the tomatoes between a double row of corn on either
side. The corn also works great for other cool weather crops like
peas, beans, lettuce ect.
earlier, not fertilize, and perhaps arrange for some shade. The plot
is exposed to full or almost sun at least half the day. The garage
wall shields the plants from the sun the second half of the day. If
the soil is the problem, can't I send a sample to some state service
and get it analyzed. Let's say I learn there is "too much" nitrogen
in the soil; what then is the solution before I plant?
Meanwhile, I'll wait and see if they don't start setting fruit and
bearing tomatoes later in the season.
If you do find out that the soil is nutrient rich, just wait until
it leaches out or plant a heavy feeder crop like corn in it. Also you
can try to add a mulch to the soil that will eat up the nitrogen
during decomposition, like fresh pine or hard wood sawdust or chips.
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