Container Tomato Blossom Drop - Knowledgebase Question

Brooklyn, NY
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Question by mathpal
August 7, 1998
I am growing a tomato plant on my fire escape (the price I pay for living in NYC). The foliage part of the plant is doing well, but the blossoms have a tendency to die before they produce and fruit. I do have some fruit on the plant. What is causing the blossoms to die?

Answer from NGA
August 7, 1998
Blossom drop can have a number of causes, but since your plant is growing in a container I suspect the most probable cause is that either the soil is getting too dry or the plants are being dried out by wind. (Wind can do funny things and really pick up speed in between buildings.) Good luck with your tomato!

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