cherry tomatoes - Knowledgebase Question

baton rouge, la
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Question by geraldmarse
March 17, 2012
Why does my cherry tomatoe plant loses its flowers or blossoms

Answer from NGA
March 17, 2012
I think the weather is the culprit. Daytime temperatures above 85F and nighttime temperatures below 55F degrees can both cause this problem. I'm going to take a wild guess and say that low nighttime temps are causing your problems! Generally, as temperatures moderate, new flowers and fruit will form. Tomatoes are self pollinating, so bee activity shouldn't be a factor here, like it is in other poor pollination/fruit drop situations. Generally, a light breeze is all it takes to pollinate the flowers. It's early in the season so I think you'll see an improvement in fruit set within a few weeks. Hope you have a bountiful harvest!

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