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Old 05-18-2009, 03:33 PM
 
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bought some, put them in the ground, they are about 3 feet high now and still no toms. this is only the second time I have ever tried to grow them but I thought last time by now I had toms. do I need to give them more time or are the bad plants to start with? thanks
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Old 05-18-2009, 05:43 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
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bought some, put them in the ground, they are about 3 feet high now and still no toms. this is only the second time I have ever tried to grow them but I thought last time by now I had toms. do I need to give them more time or are the bad plants to start with? thanks
When did you plant them, and do they have flowers? If they do you can take a q-tip and pollinate them yourself. Could be you don't have any insects for pollination, or you planted them too late and it got too hot. Rub a q-tip on a flower or two and then rub it on the other flowers. You could also have a lte bloomer. Mine were planted at the end of Feb, and I have all kinds of termaters.
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Old 05-18-2009, 05:53 PM
 
Location: Gilbert, AZ
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When did you plant them, and do they have flowers? If they do you can take a q-tip and pollinate them yourself. Could be you don't have any insects for pollination, or you planted them too late and it got too hot. Rub a q-tip on a flower or two and then rub it on the other flowers. You could also have a lte bloomer. Mine were planted at the end of Feb, and I have all kinds of termaters.
I don't think it can get too hot for tomatoes... but like this poster said, it is possible the flowers aren't getting pollinated. I also planted mine at the end of February and I have several small green tomatoes near the base of the plants only.
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Old 05-18-2009, 09:39 PM
 
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thanks so much I will take a look and see if I have flowers I don't think I do. so if I do I just tickle the flower a bit w/ a Q tip. here pretty much everything grows year round. I just noticed them starting to sell at the nursery and picked up a few. they have been in the ground now seems like maybe 4 weeks or so? thanks again
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Old 05-19-2009, 11:23 AM
 
Location: Wexford PA / Clear Lake TX
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You can just grab the branch with flowers and shake it.

All the tomatoes I've grown from seed have been auto-flower. When they reach a point of maturity, they will start throwing flowers. Sounds like yours just isn't mature enough.

You may want to boost it with some fertilizers. I use this stuff which makes it grow and flower like crazy:

NutriStar 12-14-11 Vegetable Garden Food

Keep feeding it every 2-3 weeks.

Also dump a few scoops of neutralizer every time you feed it:

Garden Lime 5 Lb at Merrifield Garden Center

When it starts fruiting, you can use a dash of Potash at each feeding:

ESPOMA POTASH 0-0-60 5LB | Lawn Fertilizer

I used this method last year. Started from seed and wound up with a cherry tomato plant that was about 5 ft tall and about 3-4 feet in diameter. At one point I was harvesting about a dozen per day for a month, until the weenie dogs conspired to tear it down and eat a bunch of it. At that point I gave up.
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Old 05-19-2009, 11:58 AM
 
Location: In the Pearl of the Purchase, Ky
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Build a little "levee" around each plant with dirt. That way, when you water them, the water will stay in around the plant instead of running off. Ex-father-in-law did that for years.
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Old 05-19-2009, 12:43 PM
 
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
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You can just grab the branch with flowers and shake it.

All the tomatoes I've grown from seed have been auto-flower. When they reach a point of maturity, they will start throwing flowers. Sounds like yours just isn't mature enough.

You may want to boost it with some fertilizers. I use this stuff which makes it grow and flower like crazy:

NutriStar 12-14-11 Vegetable Garden Food

Keep feeding it every 2-3 weeks.

Also dump a few scoops of neutralizer every time you feed it:

Garden Lime 5 Lb at Merrifield Garden Center

When it starts fruiting, you can use a dash of Potash at each feeding:

ESPOMA POTASH 0-0-60 5LB | Lawn Fertilizer

I used this method last year. Started from seed and wound up with a cherry tomato plant that was about 5 ft tall and about 3-4 feet in diameter. At one point I was harvesting about a dozen per day for a month, until the weenie dogs conspired to tear it down and eat a bunch of it. At that point I gave up.
What is it with Weenie Dogs and cherry tomoato plants? My two are obsessed with them every year, and try to steal all the fruit they can!
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Old 05-19-2009, 01:20 PM
 
Location: Wexford PA / Clear Lake TX
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What is it with Weenie Dogs and cherry tomoato plants? My two are obsessed with them every year, and try to steal all the fruit they can!

They're probably bred to be omnivores. Mine like to munch on the rosemary and basil, too. It's pretty obvious by their breath.

As far as tomatoes go, I have the 5 gallon bucket sitting on the BBQ pit this year. I'm letting it grow without a cage. I figure if it gets low enough, they can have them. If it topples over, maybe it will teach them not to do that anymore.

Eh, doubt it.
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Old 05-19-2009, 02:07 PM
 
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
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They're probably bred to be omnivores. Mine like to munch on the rosemary and basil, too. It's pretty obvious by their breath.

As far as tomatoes go, I have the 5 gallon bucket sitting on the BBQ pit this year. I'm letting it grow without a cage. I figure if it gets low enough, they can have them. If it topples over, maybe it will teach them not to do that anymore.

Eh, doubt it.
I doubt it too......! They like to push the envelope as far as they can, stinkers!
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