As Travis said, the flowers NEED to be pollinated. Quite
often, early in the season, especially during rainy periods
the blooms will not be pollinated. Just give them a little
more time (and good weather) and you should see some
Perhaps your plants are suffering from too much 'pee'. Or maybe 'you' and
'I' are getting mixed up.
Ribbing aside, I think it was at least a week (maybe even two or three)
before my flowers started changing into tomotoes. IIRC tomatoes do okay
with wind pollination (but insect pollination is better), and if it gets
too hot (>90F?), they will abort. I don't know if that means the flowers
will drop off or if it just won't fruit.
That's pretty interesting, flowers turning into veggies!
She/he asked about tomatoes and you give an answer about "tomotoes", what is
wrong with you? ;-)
All ribbing aside, what is a "tomotoe"?
'tomato' is native to South America, but do not know the etymology
(origin) of the word 'tomato'. The word tomato actually is a corruption
of the name of a Chief of the Andean Patchului tribe, Tomo, and the
Spanish word for toe, 'dedo'. After 'discovering' the tomato a few
days prior, the Spaniards came upon Tomo who was returning from a trip
into the lowlands. The Spaniards noticed the immature fruit of the
tomato bore a striking resemblance to Tomo's toes, which were green from
wearing alpaca yarn socks in the jungle (*not* a good idea). So they
called the plant 'tomo-dedoes'. Much later, after Thomas Jefferson (?)
proved that tomatoes were not poisonous, the name was Anglicized to
'tomato', because quite frankly, nobody wants to think about somebody's
nasty bloated gangrene toes when eating their salad. But knowledgeable
English speakers still call the immature fruit 'tomotoes' (while
knowledgeable Spaniards will say 'tomodedos'). You can read more about
this fascinating subject in "The True History of Edible Plants" by Lion
As for turing a flower into a vegetable, that is reputed to be the work
of the government. http://lamar.colostate.edu/~samcox/Tomato.html
Now, if you'll excuse me, I intend to put on my 'embarassed' hood and
run off into the night. :-)
Well, i was looking into this subject.....Tomatoes are not coming form South
America, in fact they are from North America, Mexico exaclty (Technically
North America). In nahuatl (aztec language) this fruit is called
tomatl....than in spanish tomate...and english tomatoe....
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I understand this to be a pollination problem. There is a product on
the market called Blossom Set which will set the blossoms on tomato
plants. It comes in a spray. I'm not sure if it will work on other
plants, but it worked on my tomatoes pretty good.
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