Flowers not setting is a symptom of a problem. How do you know that "Blossom
setter" is the right solution to the underlying problem? It may be a
solution to *a* problem that has a symptom of flowers falling off, but the
problem DD is having might not be that problem.
More information is needed before a diagnosis can be done, and an accurate
diagnosis is needed before one can declare a particular product to be the
solution to the problem. It doesn't make sense to start spraying some random
chemical on plants growing what will eventually be food.
What else do you want to know? The plants look great otherwise. It's been
hot and humid although there were long days where there was no rain and I
was careful to only water around the roots. Perhaps the lack of physical
stimulation (pollination?) was the problem? I don't know what else to tell
Exactly how hot and humid? Night-time low temperatures much above
70-75 deg. F or daytime highs in the 90s can cause blossom drop. High
humidity can also interfere with pollination.
There are specific varieties selected to tolerate high temperatures.
Pat K. ('someplace.net' is comcast)
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On Mon, 13 Jun 2005 18:51:08 -0400, D.D. Palmer wrote:
Good day D.D. As I read above, I'm asuming that your plants are otherwise
healthy. There are two possibilities that I can think of, one being over
fertilization. If you used a high nitrogen fertilizer this can retard
flower and / or fruit set.
The other possibility could be some sort of insect. Earwigs come to mind
for me. I've seen them do great damage to apple trees. They tend to cut
the blooms off.
If you over fertilized, then you can leech it outof the soil with a few
good waterings. For earwigs, look for any insect activity during the early
morning and late evening.
Then always the third possibility... I wrong on the first two 80(
Yard Works Gardening Co.
I had a friend who fertilized frequently with Miracle Grow (I believe).
He wound up with 8' high green tomato plants but no tomatoes because
of all the nitrogen. Use a little fertilizer after planting and then
stop unless there is some reason. Plants need to starve a little to
make them set fruit.
With tomatoes I found it best to stress them with respect to watering
infrequently. That's common knowledge. It avoids splits, spongy fruit
and blossom drop. However in my experience a spray of Miracle Grow and a
tespoon of sugar to the gallon once a week has done nothing but help
produce, produce, produce, tomatoes.
Your friend's problems with his plants could be a result of other issues
I'm in the eastern part of PA about a 6-hour drive from Pittsburgh where the
OP is located. I have plenty of buds on my plants and many are falling off.
I have two plants in containers and two directly in the ground. The
container plants were at one point about 4 times the size of the ground
ones. Now the container plants are getting yellow leaves around the bottom
of the plants and the in-ground plants are all nice and green. The plants
are the "Big Boy" variety. I water the container plants quite a bit because
I'm assuming the soil will dry out more because the sun shines on the side
of the containers increasing the soil temperature higher than those in the
ground would experience. No signs of little maters on any of the four
plants at this point.
Anxious in PA
I have a 6 foot cherry tomato and same problem as yours. It's not
setting fruits. I started having flowers since 2 months ago. Now I have
about 100 flowers and the plant is very healthy. The problem is as of
now there are only 4 tiny fruits. The flowers are not falling off. They
are dry after a while.
I guess my mistake was that I used too much Micracle-Grow when I
transplanted it back in April. Is there anything I can do now to solve
this problem ? I have just removed a lot of suckers and sideshoots.
Hopefully all nutrients are now going to setting fruits, rather than
producing ton of leaves. Will that help? I live in Seattle, WA and we
haven't really got our summer yet. Maybe the lack of consistent
sunshire is my problem here.
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