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Tomato Plants Not Blooming

June 14, 2010

Tomato Plants Not BloomingMy tomato plants have grown huge, but have not produced flowers for fruit. The same goes for my pepper plants. What could be wrong?

Hardiness Zone: 6a

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By Bobbie Borders from Springfield, OH

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June 16, 20106 found this helpful

Your soil could be the issue. All blooming vegie plants need a boost and regular household Epsom salts is what to run and get. Google it, go to their site, many online planting sites will give you info. Even on the packaging it tells you how to use it.

Helps with bottom end rot as well. Magnesium Sulfate is needed in the soil as a boost. Do you get your soil evaluated/tested so you know what is in it or do you buy planting soil at the nursery/farm store, etc. I have my own mix and have found that Epsom salts also helps control bugs in my gardens too. Don't let it set on the plant, sprinkle around the base and water. My roma plants had 100 tomatoes to a plant last year. Could not believe it! Did the Epsom salts about every 2 weeks.

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June 24, 20165 found this helpful

My tomato plants (Big Boy) have not produced flowers...Why?

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August 15, 20161 found this helpful

The Weather is not great for the plant or height temp

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August 26, 20180 found this helpful

My tomato plants got very few blooms this year and no tomatoes.

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April 23, 2020

This is the first time to start seeds indoors. Everything seemed to be going fine. I started 3 types of peppers on about 2/17. I discovered they are very slow, but seem to be on time for 5/15 outdoor planting if the weather holds up. I also started tomatoes. These are the Campari variety that I get from Kroger/Meijer's etc. I was told and I watched a video on planting from a cutting of a tomato. I put starter seed in a Jiffy Pot, cut a 1/4" slice of the tomato in the pot and then covered it with starter soil. The seeds sprouted to the point that I had to thin them. They have grown well and I have thinned them down to 4 plants total. I had to transfer them to larger Jiffy Pots, two to a pot. My question/issue is that they were about 12" high on 4/9, today they are 20" tall and spindly. There are no flowers and not all that many branches, but I know that doesn't matter for planting. Color is very light green, but not translucent, yet.Tomatoes Started Indoors Not Flowering

 

Any help would be appreciated in this matter. I do great outdoors when I buy and plant.

Thank you.

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July 7, 2017

I bought a patio tomato plant for a large container on my porch. It had 1 small tomato on it when I got it, but has never had any other blossoms nor has it gotten much bigger.

Otherwise the plant is healthy, no bugs, and I am not overfeeding it. I have grown tomatoes for years and never had this problem. Help!

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July 8, 20170 found this helpful

Are you using the same soil as previous years? that could be the problem

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July 8, 20170 found this helpful

Make sure no suckers are growing between the branches. Fertilize regularly. You can also shake the plant very gently.

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July 11, 20170 found this helpful

Did you transplant it to a larger container? Most plants should only be re-potted to a one size larger container as they do not usually do well if placed in a much larger pot. I have found that patio tomatoes are more "touchy" than other tomato plants and do not like being moved around very much.

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If you have only had your tomato plant for a short while it may just be taking its time to acclimate to the new soil, sun, temperature, humidity, and care.
Hopefully, it will "come out" soon and give you an abundance of pretty little blossoms.

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July 12, 20170 found this helpful

I grew brandywine and yellow zebra tomato plants from seed and the plants are now in my new 8 1/2 ' by 4' garden box. There are no flowers on them. I bought a cherry tomato plant and there were flowers on it and they are gone as are flowers on a red pepper plant I bought. I know I have raccoons and squirrels. Do I put cayenne pepper by the plants? I tried toilet paper rolls on a small plant and something destroyed one. Thank you, julie

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July 12, 20170 found this helpful

Thanks. I bought new garden soil. It's my first garden in this box.

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July 19, 2017

I started a project at work growing Roma tomatoes from seeds. I transferred them into buckets (sand buckets like for the beach) they are now really tall, but not flowering.

They face south so they have direct sun for 7 hours a day. I planted the seeds in April. Am I doing something wrong?

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July 19, 20170 found this helpful

I think you need to move them outdoors. Make sure you fertilize them weekly.

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July 25, 20170 found this helpful

It is best to grow tomatoes outside. They will flower and attract bees. Inside your home you have no way to pollinate the flowers except by hand.

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July 31, 2016

I have tomatoes on my 6 plants. I have picked about 12 and they taste great. I have lots of tomatoes on the plants, but I noticed there are no flowers on the plants now.


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February 27, 20170 found this helpful

One thing to do is make sure they're getting enough water. When they are dry, they stop producing. As well, you may try to feed them with either plant food or crushed eggshells to provide much-needed calcium.

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And make sure to rotate your soil every year. If you plant tomatoes in the same place every year, the nutrients are depleted and tomato-specific pests camp out there.

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February 28, 20170 found this helpful

Make sure you have no suckers between the branches. The plant will concentrate on them instead of making fruit.

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June 26, 20170 found this helpful

It's the offshoots that form between the branches. Really, any later growth that you remove to strengthen the earlier branches.

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May 18, 2019

My tomato plants are not blooming. The stems turn yellow and they fall off. Any ideas?

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May 19, 20190 found this helpful

You may be overwatering them.

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April 13, 2012

When I planted my tomatoes it had blooms. There are 1 or 2 big green tomatoes on the plants. They stopped blooming and where the bloom should be, they've turned a blackish color. The tomatoes that are on the plants look great and are growing everyday, just no new blooms. Any information would help, what is the cause, how can I cure it?

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April 18, 20120 found this helpful

Check the packet label. You may have purchased and planted a tomato that flowers once and then puts all of its energy into developing those flowers that have become fruits.

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