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Lake City, Florida
OlJoe
Oct 31, 2017 2:29 PM CST
It seems anything I plant grows sturdy stems & lots of leaves but no blooms, flowers or fruit?
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
Oct 31, 2017 3:31 PM CST
Some specific examples would be helpful. And we love photos.
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Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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stone
Nov 1, 2017 7:24 AM CST
When you over-fertilize tomatoes, they produce a ton of top growth, and few blooms or fruit.

I suggest finding something with lower N ratio.

In my area, horse poop is almost entirely wood chips.... Very low nitrogen. Excellent for a mulch, and adds nutrients sparingly.

Alternatively, the factory chicken farms will sell chicken poop, which is very high in nitrogen, and makes tomato plants grow like crazy.... But no tomatoes!
Name: Lyn
Weaverville, California (Zone 8a)
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RoseBlush1
Nov 1, 2017 9:16 AM CST
Stone ...

Your response makes me think that high nitrogen may cause many plants to produce more foliage than fruits and flowers. I know this is true in roses.

However, there is a time when fertilizers with high nitrogen content is beneficial. If you have soils that are very low in nitrogen or do not hold nutrients, fertilizers with high nitrogen do not adversely affect the plant.

OlJoe ... if you are purchasing fertilizers, the first of the three numbers listed is the number for the nitrogen content in the product.

Also, it is always wise to learn about your soil. Knowing the type of soil in your garden helps you make decisions about how to feed your plants.

btw ... I think horse manure is pure gold when it comes to gardening ... Smiling I wish I had access to some for my garden ... Sighing!
I'd rather weed than dust ... the weeds stay gone longer.
Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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stone
Nov 1, 2017 11:19 AM CST
Try coffee creek.
https://coffeecreekranch.com/
Name: Lyn
Weaverville, California (Zone 8a)
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RoseBlush1
Nov 1, 2017 11:52 AM CST
Thank you, Stone.

I know where I can get horse poo ... Big Grin It's the logistics of getting it to my place and up to my garden that has been the problem, so far ... Smiling I don't have my own truck ... dang it !
I'd rather weed than dust ... the weeds stay gone longer.
Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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stone
Nov 1, 2017 12:08 PM CST
What do you drive?
A bicycle?

I saw something recently where these people had a bicycle that picked up compost from entire neighborhoods.

https://compostpedallers.com/

Recently, a college girl with a vw bug was ahead of me at the horse barn...
I helped her fill trash bags, and set them in the car for her.

Where there's a will....
Necessity and motherhood...
Name: greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Nov 1, 2017 12:15 PM CST
OlJoe said:It seems anything I plant grows sturdy stems & lots of leaves but no blooms, flowers or fruit?


What have you planted? Please give botanical names.

Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~"Leaf of Faith"
Name: Lyn
Weaverville, California (Zone 8a)
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RoseBlush1
Nov 1, 2017 7:46 PM CST
stone said:What do you drive?
A bicycle?

I saw something recently where these people had a bicycle that picked up compost from entire neighborhoods.

https://compostpedallers.com/

Recently, a college girl with a vw bug was ahead of me at the horse barn...
I helped her fill trash bags, and set them in the car for her.

Where there's a will....
Necessity and motherhood...


What a great link ... I tip my hat to you.

I live in the mountains. I doubt if anyone could use a bike to collect compost materials up here ... Smiling

When I started this garden, the soil was totally dead ... not a worm to be found. I couldn't even begin to dig in it with a shovel.

I've hauled enough organic material back to the garden and rocks to build raised beds, rabbit poo, llama poo, chicken poo, wood chips, and more.

The structure of the soil has changed and I can dig in it just fine and have lots of worms. Of course, now I also have a mole problem. It's always something ... Rolling my eyes.

I finally found a source for horse poo and will probably get some next spring ... Smiling

I'd rather weed than dust ... the weeds stay gone longer.
Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Nov 1, 2017 7:55 PM CST
Aside from too much fertilizer and water, another cause for no flowers or fruit is not enough sun. Now, here in Florida the weather certainly provides enough sun but if you're planting where there is shade through the middle of the day, you can also get lots of stems and leaves, and no flowering.

Some plants will flower with bright shade, but if you're trying to grow vegetables or fruit, you really need around 6 hours of direct, unimpeded sunlight per day to expect production. Even longer in the short days of winter with less sun intensity. So check out where the shade is falling, and allow for the sun to get lower for another seven weeks before it starts coming back up again. Some spots that get a lot of sun in summer get none at all in winter.
Elaine

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