There are lots of leaves, but no tomatoes. This guide is about tomato plants not producing fruit.
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I have planted seeds for cherry tomatoes in pots. I have lots of blossoms, but no tomatoes. Can you help?
Hardiness Zone: 9a
By Joan from Southport, NC
We have a small tomato plant garden with 4 heirloom tomato plants planted about 18 inches apart. The plants have grown well and produced flowers, but have only produced 5 tomatoes.
We have shaken the plants and used cotton tipped Q-tips to pollinate the flowers, but this has not produced any results. We would appreciate any suggestions for getting a few tomatoes this season. We live in the 4 corners area of New Mexico and have used a watering schedule for the plants through out the drought in our area. Help.
By David M. 08/12/2013
How hot has it been? Tomatoes don't tend to set fruit when it is hot for a very long spell.
Why are my tomato plants growing, but not producing fruit?
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By Gloria Z 07/29/2013
It could be your tomatoes are planted in soil that is nutrient poor. Do you rotate your crops or just replant tomato's yr after yr in the same place? Also, have you been putting calcium into the soil? Lack of calcium will effect how many tomato's your plant produces and cause end rot as well.
My tomatoes are big and healthy and have some bloom, but no fruit. Everything else in the garden is great.
I have very healthy looking tomato plants with plenty of flowers, but have yet too see any fruit. It is the middle of July and do not understand why my tomatoes are not producing any fruit yet. The plants are all very healthy looking. Does anyone have any ideas? Thanks
By Jill 07/12/2011
If you are having a hot summer, just be patient. Most varieties of tomatoes won't set fruit if the nights do not cool off enough. Keep the plants healthy, and once things cool off a bit, you will get fruit.
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Hardiness Zone: 7a
Josie from Tulsa, Oklahoma
Most tomatoes take anywhere from 30-60 days to mature from seed, and several environmental factors can affect their ability to set fruit. Heat is one those factors. Once daytime temperatures reach into the 90's and nighttime temperatures hover near the mid 70's, tomato plants have trouble setting fruit because high temperatures render the pollen sterile.
There are a couple of strategies to combat this problem. The first is to grow varieties that mature earlier, before the Oklahoma summer heat sets in. Smaller tomato varieties (e.g. cherry) usually need less time to mature, while larger tomato varieties take longer. The smaller varieties are also more likely to set fruit better in hot weather. You could also buy established seedlings or start yours indoors several weeks before transplanting in order to give them a jump on the season.
If your plants still haven't set fruit by the time the intense heat sets in, try to keep your plants healthy and consistently watered and once the temperatures drop, they should resume setting fruit. Other factors that prevent tomatoes from setting fruit include low temperatures (below 50ºF), a lack of sunlight (less than 8-10 hours), inconsistent watering, damage from pests (e.g. thrips), or too much nitrogen fertilizer.
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By Katie A.
The plant actually grew out some new green growth after I added egg shells to the soil around it. I have had no other pests, because I also remembered to plant Basil about 6 in. from the plant. Companion planting works really well for us, but it still produced poorly because of the stress of the heat. I can water deeply in the early morning, the plant really perks up, but by 3 pm and hot sun, the leaves are wilting. I might consider transplanting it into the shade this week to try to salvage and extend it's growing season by planting it deeper still. Hope I don't kill it, then again it wouldn't be a great loss under the circumstances. One of the best gardens I ever saw was under a huge old tree, protecting it from the hottest hours, but the soil had to have been enriched and required extra water and fertilizer. (08/03/2006)
I have a healthy tomato plant. It put on 4 tomatoes right at first and now it has loads of blooms, but the blooms are just drying up and there are no more tomatoes. Please help.
Hardiness Zone: 6a
By penny2009 from Camdenton, MO
My tomato plants are blooming, but no tomatoes are forming.
My tomatoes are blooming, but not setting fruit. Please help.
Hardiness Zone: 10a