Vegetables and Fruit forum: About tomatoes

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Name: Lily
(Zone 11)
cornflower
Jan 25, 2013 10:39 PM CST
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I have planted tomatoes last year.
But I only got 1 to 8 fruits per plant.
And the fruits were so small.
Sometimes I got no fruit at all. Crying
Do you think there is any nutrient deficiency here?

Thank you. Smiling
Name: Tom
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tveguy3
Jan 26, 2013 6:04 AM CST
I am not sure where you live, but the very hot summer here seemed to keep the fruit from setting, and when it cooled down some, it did set fruit, but many of them didn't have enought time to grow to maturity. Sometimes if you feed too much nitrogen you get all foliage , and not much fruit.
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SongofJoy
Jan 26, 2013 6:40 AM CST
Lily lists zone 11 so that would indeed be warm for tomatoes in the summer. They would be best in fall, winter and spring there. Other than that, more information on the growing conditions would be helpful, Lily. Smiling

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Name: Lily
(Zone 11)
cornflower
Jan 26, 2013 11:05 PM CST
Hi Tom and Tee Smiling
My tomatoes had good leaves.
I fertilized them a lot.

Several months later, those tomatoes had many flowers.
And I just flicked the flowers. Big Grin

But many of them (the flowers) seemed to be sterile.
I could not see any pollen.
I think the pollen is visible, right? Confused

But, I just flicked the flowers everyday.
The tomatoes did not drop those flowers.
The flowers were there for several weeks without pollination.

Several weeks later, I gave up and did not flick them anymore. Sticking tongue out
At the end of the season, I got 10 little tomatoes on 3 different plants.
And the other plants were finally withered without giving me tomatoes. Crying
Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Jan 27, 2013 3:54 AM CST
What kind of fertilizer did you use?

What time of year did you plant the tomatoes? Too much heat and humidity (or too much cool weather) can cause that type of situation.

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Name: Lily
(Zone 11)
cornflower
Jan 27, 2013 8:39 PM CST
Hi Tee,
Can I say the name of product here?
It is a liquid fertilizer.
I use it as foliar spray.

I used high nitrogen for those tomatoes.
After I saw some flowers, I changed it to a high P and K fertilizer.
And those tomatoes got many more flowers. Big Grin

I think it was a hot summer.
I remember I fought with many spidermites and aphids at that time. *Blush*

Should I give them a shade?
Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Jan 28, 2013 11:44 AM CST
Hi Lily --
Yes, you can say the name. I don't intend to bash them. Green Grin!

Too much nitrogen can cause problems with tomatoes. They need more phosphorous and potassium. Something like a ratio of 5-10-10 or 5-20-20, etc. Too much nitrogen can equal very little fruiting.

High heat can stop production as well. You can give tomatoes some shade in the heat of the day as long as they get at least 6 hours of full, direct sunlight.

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Name: Lily
(Zone 11)
cornflower
Jan 29, 2013 3:20 AM CST
Hi Tee
I use grow more product.

I hope I can grow tomatoes successfully this year. Smiling
Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Jan 29, 2013 3:41 AM CST
I hope you can too, Lily. Sometimes it is a bit of trial and error but if you keep trying, you will find what works well.

Which varieties were you growing?



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Name: Lily
(Zone 11)
cornflower
Jan 29, 2013 6:30 AM CST
Thank you, Tee. Smiling
I planted white cherry and beefsteak. Big Grin
Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Jan 29, 2013 8:18 AM CST
Yum! nodding
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