tomato plants - Knowledgebase Question

Garrettsville, Oh
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Question by lwinter1481
July 1, 2010
My tomato plants do not seem to be flowering and I am not getting any tomatoes. What do I do?

Answer from NGA
July 1, 2010
Tomato pollen isn't viable much over 90 degrees, so even plants with flowers won't set fruits. What have your temperatures been? If you have any flowers, another possibility is that the flowers aren't being pollinated at all because tomatoes are often ?self-pollinating.? Try gently tapping and shaking stems with flowers in the early morning to see if you can get some fruit to set. If you don't have flowers, try fertilizing with a phosphorus fertilizer (rock phosphate, bone meal or a product with a higher middle number, such as 5-10-5). Excessive nitrogen feeding early in the season promotes foliage growth over flowers and fruiting. Your tomatoes may start flowering again when temperatures cool a bit. Good luck!

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