Tomato Blossom Stems Breaking - Knowledgebase Question

San Diego, CA
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Question by scthmrs
June 15, 2001
I am using "miracle Grow" for tomato's and they have all grown bigger than me. (the plants)
I am haveing a problem with a "yellow" tomato plant that I found in a Home Depot this year. I loved yellow tomato's as a child and this is the first I have seen one for my garden. My other regular red tomatoes are doing OK but the yellow plant while being very large and green has not produced any fruit. The blossoms blossom, and then the blossoms little stem bends over and breaks off and falls to the ground. What do I do?

Answer from NGA
June 15, 2001
Blossom drop as you describe can affect plants where weather is rainy and cool or where soil moisture is low and winds are hot and dry. It can also occur when magnesium levels are low. Although you've obviously been feeding your plants well, perhaps the yellow variety would prefer less nitrogen. Too much nitrogen can result in lots of green growth, at the expense of fruit. And, excessive or rapid growth can result in weak fruiting stems. Why not try treating your yellow tomato a little differently than the others and see what happens? Keep the soil moisture level and hold off on fertilizer - for the time being, anyway. I suspect your plant will develop and hold fruit for you if you follow the above suggestions.

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