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MadgeT
May 16, 2017 2:17 PM CST
If my Brandywine did not set fruit this summer, will it set fruit this fall?
Many thanks, Elizabeth
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DaisyI
May 16, 2017 2:31 PM CST
Welcome!

I assume you are in Australia? Brandywine needs a long season to set fruit and ripen - between 80 - 100 days. That means that if you planted your tomatoes on September 1, you could expect your first ripe tomatoes in the first week of December.

But if your tomatoes didn't even set (but did bloom), it means you didn't have pollinators. You can help with pollination by shaking the vines (or getting out your tiny, tiny paint brush Smiling )

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dyzzypyxxy
May 16, 2017 3:24 PM CST
I agree There's another reason why tomatoes might bloom but not set fruit, and that is if the night time temperatures are too warm. My tomato plants bore heavily all winter here, when our nights were in the 50's and 60's but just this last couple of weeks it has warmed up (so that we need the a/c at night, ick) enough that they are no longer setting any fruit. Daytime temps have just gone above 90 this week, so it is the warm nights, not the hot days that have stopped the tomatoes.

My daughter who lives in Utah also sees a "heat dormancy" with some of her tomatoes where they bear an early crop, take a rest from setting fruit in the heat of summer and then start up and set a big crop in fall as things cool off.

So the answer, if this is the case, is yes they might set fruit in the fall as the nights get cooler.

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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
May 16, 2017 4:37 PM CST
Thank You! Elaine! I keep forgetting that reason as I don't have to deal with it anymore. Smiling
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