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I have purchased three tomato plants. They have grown in the past 3 weeks and gotten several yellow blooms on them, but then they fall off. I have grown tomatoes before and this has not happened. What is the problem?
Hardiness Zone: 9a
By Gary Swafford from Orlando, FL
Is it over 90 degrees there? Toms usually won't set above 90. Also, it's possible that the flowers aren't pollinated, try shaking your plants a few times a day in still weather.
Toms are self pollinating and it sometimes takes a little shake to spread the pollen, especially if there aren't any insects available where your plants are.
You might also look for almost invisible teeny tiny red spiders. They cut the blooms off tomatoes.
I had the same thing happen about two summers ago. My hairdresser said her father adds calcium to the plant's base once every couple of weeks & he uses milk!
Are you kidding? First comes the flower then comes the fruit! Look to see if there are tiny tomato's hidden in the leaves.