Tomatoes Without Fruit - Knowledgebase Question

meade, KS
Question by lynpenny
February 2, 1998
I have always grown great looking tomato plants but I never have a lot of fruit. The plants are always big, green and beautiful but very little fruit. I have always used a balanced fertilizer like 12-12-12 and manure on my garden, is this my problem. All my root crops grow really well but no tomatoes or green pepers.


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Answer from NGA
February 2, 1998

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particularly picky (that was hard to type) about rich soil, (tomatoes really like it though) but organic material has a lot of nutrients that any plant appreciates. Magnesium is also very important to peppers, consider applying a fine layer of Epsom salts to the soil and gently working it in at planting time. Also, have you had a soil test recently? If your pH is very low or very high,it can interfere with nutrient uptake. You can contact your Cooperative Extension office for details about a soil test. One other thing, you mention using manure on your garden, are you using fresh or composted? Fresh manure really shouldn't be used on your plants, it is very "hot" (high in nitrogen) and can burn your plants. In addition, you really don't need more nitrogen on your tomatoes and peppers.

You might also try another variety, just to see if that could be a factor. Interestingly, pepper plants are particularly bothered by wind. Try planting them where they'll have some protection from strong winds. particularly picky (that was hard to type) about rich soil, (tomatoes really like it though) but organic material has a lot of nutrients that any plant appreciates. Magnesium is also very important to peppers, consider applying a fine layer of Epsom salts to the soil and gently working it in at planting time. Also, have you had a soil test recently? If your pH is very low or very high,it can interfere with nutrient uptake. You can contact your Cooperative Extension office for details about a soil test. One other thing, you mention using manure on your garden, are you using fresh or composted? Fresh manure really shouldn't be used on your plants, it is very "hot" (high in nitrogen) and can burn your plants. In addition, you really don't need more nitrogen on your tomatoes and peppers.

You might also try another variety, just to see if that could be a factor. Interestingly, pepper plants are particularly bothered by wind. Try planting them where they'll have some protection from strong winds.

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