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Big Tomato Plants, But No Tomatoes

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If your tomato plants are growing quite large but not bearing fruit there are a number of things you can check for to potentially still produce a harvest. This is a guide about big tomato plants, but no tomatoes.


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July 14, 20050 found this helpful

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?



By Sandie (Guest Post)
July 14, 20050 found this helpful
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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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July 14, 20051 found this helpful
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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 cjcox (Guest Post)
July 14, 20050 found this helpful

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)
July 14, 20050 found this helpful

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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