I hope some one here can help. I have a tomato plant (Japanese Triple
Black) and it's been putting out flowers...but after a couple weeks
the flowers shrivel up and die instead of producing fruit. I thought
tomatoes were self pollinating. No? What should I do to induce it to
produce fruit? The plant is very healthy otherwise. I've been giving
it 1-5-5 organic fert and kelp in small doses.
I've had that problem in the past. It was usually related to the
weather being too cool & wet.... If you're ANYWHERE in western North
America, that has been the trend this season. I'm not farmilliar with
the specific variety... Did you buy it as a seedling or start from
seed? What has your local weather been like?
I bought the tomato plant as a seedling. I've had a chance to sample a
slice from another Japanese variety called Momotaro with a pinch of
salt. It was heaven! Now, if I can get *my* plant to fruit...some of
the other tomato varieties at the nursery I got this one from did and
have set fruit. The other 3x black plant there was in the same
condition as this one so maybe my problem might be culitvar specific
On 22 Jul 2005 09:56:20 -0700, "Mathew in the Mountains"
What if you have 8 trillion cherry tomatoes, all green, and the plant keeps
making more but not ripening any? Upstate NY, zone 5-6-ish, plenty of nice
hot weather, good rain twice a week, plants caged, 7 feet tall (really).
Nice, fertile soil, pH=6.2 last week. I've heard pruning some branches away
No myth.... Prune heavily, especially those shoots that come out
between the main branch & the leaf @ a 45 degree angle. Sounds like
your cherry tom is 'indeterminate' which means it will flower till it
dies. By pruning new flowering shoots, you help the allready set fruit
to ripen faster.
Thanks, Mathew. In prior years, it didn't matter because I also planted
early varieties. But I had limited space this year. Meanwhile, I have tons
of basil, and no tomatoes. The orgy must begin, but it requires tomatoes to
complete the equation. :-)
Did you know you could put pesto on everything, including cereal? :-)
Pesto on cereal?!? LOL.
Seriously, have you tried freezing pesto?
Someone on this group (sorry, I forgot who posted it) suggested making it up
*without* the Parmesan cheese, then spooning it into ice cube trays. Once
frozen, pop the cubes out and put them into a freezer bag or freezer storage
container. Easy to remove the amount you want, add Parmesan cheese once it
I tried it this year for the first time, and although I still have fresh
basil, I tried some of the frozen pesto two days ago to see how it was. It
was just like fresh - bright green and everything! Granted it's only been
frozen for a month or so, but I am very encouraged.
In fact, I think I am going to go give my basil plants another "haircut"
today because my ice cube trays are looking lonely...
You only need to have a dog dig up your lettuce seedlings once, in order
see that they have no place in a civilized society. Fortunately, we have
old law in this town which says that any animal can be "liquidated" if
destroying food crops. I've only had to print this law, ask to have a
meet me at the offending owner's house, and read them the law, in order
stop offenders. It's worked wonderfully (so far).
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