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Big Tomato Plants, But No Tomatoes

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I am growing tomatoes in a container but have plants over 5 feet tall and only one tomato so far. What am I doing wrong and how do I fix it?

Gerry

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By cjcox (Guest Post) 07/14/2005 Flag

Your plants didnt pollinate. You didnt say whether they flowered or not. When they did, or if they do or are, you want to gently brush your hands over the flowers on each plant. It helps them pollinate. If they have flowered and the flowers are now gone, youre not going to get any tomatoes. sorry

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By nancibaren (Guest Post) 07/14/2005 Flag

don't ley them get too tall
pull off all the lower suckers(shoots)
then keep pinching the tops
this will make the stalk stronger and the plant shorter and bushier
it sounds like your plants may be expending too much energy on foliage
it also helps to plant some marigolds nearby
(they are "companion" plants)
mixing fish meal(and/or coffee ground--just a pinch)int the soil helps
make sure they're getting sufficient light and water

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By Sandie (Guest Post) 07/14/2005 Flag

Another thing you might check is to see if you need to "sucker" your tomato plant. Look between the main stem and branches that are growing off of it. If there are new branches growing in the crotch of the main stem and the first initial branch, you might want to pinch these off or "sucker' them. This will force your plant to set blossoms and then fruit because it will know "it is done growing." We try to leave five to eight initial branches and then begin suckering all the new starts. Our tomato plants are loaded with good viable fruit.

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By Bill Stephens (Guest Post) 07/14/2005 Flag

Our county agricultural agent said you should not fertilize your tomatoes until tomatoes set on the vine and then fertilize when the tomates are walnut sized. This prevents the huge bushy plants and you will get more tomatoes.

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By Katie 4 216 07/14/2005 Flag

Overwatering also causes the plants to grow big with few tomatoes. That is what happened to me when I planted mine in a flower bed and then watered them along with the flowers. You can wait to water until the plants just start to wilt. It might be only once a week, depending on your weather.

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By (Guest Post) 08/04/2005 Flag

I think I am finally getting some tomatoes. This is the first year I didn't bother to take the suckers off. Since I have done this the tomatoes are getting bigger and I am finally getting some more. I actually picked one. But my peppers are not even setting flowers. We have absolutely no honey bees, I am sure due to all the lovlies that use too much pestisides. I have seen bumble bees though. Our local produce store told me they have to rent hives at $21 each and they don't even get to keep the honey. I am thinking of maybe starting a small hive of my own. If my town allows it. There are alot of small children around and I don't want any complaints. I know how docile honey bees are but most people don't. So this year I am starting my own compost, haven't for years due to time constraints. But I am so disgusted with my garden this year. My little rabbit, Gilbert, helps. I use here pearls to fertilize. One of the best I might add. But she is only one rabbit and that's not much fertilizer. I guess every little bit helps. It's 91 outside again. My lawn is dying, I can't see watering when we haven't had enough rain, not the lawn, it always seems to come back. I do water the garden and things I have planted though. As long as there is no drought.

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By (Guest Post) 08/04/2005 Flag

My tomatoes do have flowers. And bumble bees. I have some, just very few considering the size of the plants them selves. I am so discouraged. Valery

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By Johnny's mom (Guest Post) 06/25/2006 Flag

no tomatoes but lots of flowers! plants have been in the ground for about a month. they are about4 1/2 ft tall. please advise.

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By David M. 1 51 08/02/2007 Flag

if the temperature is much over 80 tomatoes plants do not set and you will not get tomatoes.

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By Rich (Guest Post) 08/03/2007 Flag

In my case I have 12 Plants I have tomatoes on 11 of them.The biggest,healthiest looking plant of them all has no tomatoes on it even though it got the same amounts of water,sun,fertilizer and pollinating opportunities.I think it is genetics.

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By Lori (Guest Post) 07/01/2008 Flag

I have 3 cherry tomato plants.They are huge - about 5 feet tall, but only one tiny tomato on one of the plants. I am going to pinch them back based on your comments. Also, I was advised to give them plenty of water every day until tomatoes appeared, I think I may have overwatered them. They are beautiful, healthy plants, just no tomatoes!

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By karm (Guest Post) 07/11/2008 Flag

Big, large and healthy tomato plants, but no tomatoes! What is the problem, or what am I doing wrong?

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By Elizabeth (Guest Post) 08/15/2008 Flag

Don't get bees! I just read Tomatoes are wind pollinated, not by bees!

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