tomato/ bell pepper blossom drop. - Knowledgebase Question

Sanra Rosa, Ca
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Question by richiebislig
July 8, 2010
this summer i planted heirloom tomato plants as well as bell peppers. because of good weather my tomato plants grew 2ft in 4 weeks! over the next few weeks the tomatoes and peppers started to flower alot, then drop a few days later! help! (the tomatoes are large cherokee purple type which i heard have this problem)

Answer from NGA
July 8, 2010
Sounds like your plants got off to a really good start so I know it's disappointing when they drop those flowers without setting fruit. When your plant has flowers but no fruit, it is due to heat stress, water stress or lack of pollination.

Really hot weather can render pollen sterile so even if it is transferred by insects or the wind, fruits will not form. Water stress can be resolved by deep soakings once or twice a week. If your plants look otherwise healthy I'd chalk it up to the weather. Once your plants finally begin to set fruits they will set lots and lots of fruits. Hope you have a great harvest!

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