Tomatoes Won't Bear Fruit - Knowledgebase Question

Kirkland, WA
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Question by mabster1
July 5, 1999
I bought two tomato plants a month ago and placed them in large containers. One has at least 10-15 tomatoes on it yet the other has alot of buds that seem to die without developing fruit. I bought good soil, have been fertilizing, etc. What is wrong? Can I do anything at this point to bear fruit? If not, can I replace it with another plant and keep the same soil or do I need to replace soil as well?

Answer from NGA
July 5, 1999
Tomatoes are warm-season crops that will sometimes refuse to flower and set fruit when nighttime temperatures are below 50F. The weather has been unseasonably cold for June, and even if you're growing short-season varieties of tomatoes, they may still be reluctant to set fruit. Make sure that your plants are getting as much direct sunshine as possible and hold off on the fertilizer. Too much nitrogen will promote lush, green growth at the expense of fruits. As soon as typical summer weather arrives in the Pacific Northwest your reluctant plant should bear fruit.

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