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Tomato growing tips?

Asked by sarahsugs (2898points) June 7th, 2007
My tomato plants (early girl variety) are big and leafy but have hardly any blossoms. What should I do to increase their fruitfulness?
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nomtastic's avatar
i've heard that if you soak 'em for a week, then leave 'em mostly dry they send down a huge taproot and start blossoming. but i'm not certain.
gailcalled's avatar
I bought some small plants today from a 95 yr old farmer. He said to put compost in hole, plant tomato, and then water w. some Miracle Grow or sprinkle very dried manure around base. Maybe your plants need nourishment. This is a guess only.
bpeoples's avatar
Big problem in Berkeley is going to be heat-- tomatoes need a lot of heat and sun. I'd go stop by a nursery nearby and ask them about it-- there's apparently techniques to get them to fruit, but you might be stuck.
occ's avatar
bpeoples is right--sun sun sun. my mom and i tried growing tomatoes one year to no avail... a green-thumbed friend told us that the big problem was that they didn't get enough direct sunlight.
Perchik's avatar

It's also best if you give them a cage or stakes to grow on. Also, you should see if your actually getting buds that are getting eaten by animals (rabbits, deer) , or if you aren't getting buds at all

gailcalled's avatar

Due to dry summer, my cherry tomatoes are suddenly all ripening at the same time. It’s a bit late. I have them in pots on porch, and use dead branches as stakes.

QuizMaster's avatar

If you cut off the growing tip, they will not grow any taller but will put their energy into forming fruit. Obviously wait until they are tall enough.

Where I live (north coast of Ireland) we can only grown them under glass.

spendy's avatar

I had MUCH luck with my tomatoes last year…pretty sure they fed the whole neighborhood. Try direct sun (I planted on the east side of my house), and LOTS of water. Tomatoes love water. You should create little “wells” around the base of the plant where the water can pool. Another cool trick is to save some milk jugs (full or 1/2 gallon depending on the size of your tomato patch) and cut the entire bottom off. You bury the jug up to about 3” from the rim (discard the lid, of course). Place them throughout your tomato patch at least 1–1 1/2 feet from the plant base. When you want to give them a really good watering, just send the water through the mouth of the milk jug. It disperses the water a bit and encourages the roots to grow outward (toward the wet spots) instead of down, so they’ll stay better hydrated when you water with the hose. Also…if you have trouble with bugs, try some natural cures like flower or cornmeal (a lot of bugs don’t like them) and you can always plant asparagus in your tomato patch…it keeps away other pests that love tomatos.

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