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Old 07-19-2007, 08:52 AM
 
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My tomatoes have been flowering for at least two or three weeks, but I have yet to see fruit. I live in the West, and we have been averaging about 100 degrees during that time. Could that be the culprit? Anything I can do?
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Old 07-19-2007, 01:45 PM
 
Location: Washington DC
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We live on the east coast and my dad is having the same problem. He says it has something to do with the bee population. No bees no tomato's. We also have been experiencing a extended warm dry spell maybe thats a contributing factor
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Old 07-19-2007, 01:49 PM
 
Location: West Virginia
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I have 2 plants in pots, water them every other nite. Get great big green tomatoes but by the time they turn red they are 1/2 rotten. I have tried the sugesstion here & on other web sites no luck. So no it's not just you.
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Old 07-19-2007, 03:52 PM
 
Location: Boise-Metro, ID
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Yes there is a huge bee problem. I'm in Idaho and having the same problem. I have all kinds of things bloom and it is eerie to notice that there are hardly/ to no bees around. The weather has been unusally hot which is great for tomatoes and also my cantalopes, but I'm afraid without any bees we are all out of luck this year. It's a little scary to imagine the magnitude on a larger scale.
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Old 07-19-2007, 04:00 PM
 
Location: Boise-Metro, ID
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I have 2 plants in pots, water them every other nite. Get great big green tomatoes but by the time they turn red they are 1/2 rotten. I have tried the sugesstion here & on other web sites no luck. So no it's not just you.
Katie

Something could be wrong with your soil too. Have you tried using a fertilizer? Also when you back off the watering it encourages the fruit to ripen. Not sure if that will help you....
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Old 07-19-2007, 04:12 PM
 
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Could be. But I have a couple of Russian sage plants that our flowering about 30 feet away. There are bees all over those. Hmm… this is a mystery.
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Old 07-19-2007, 04:19 PM
 
Location: Boise-Metro, ID
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ok, reading in my vegetable book here, it says that hot weather can cause plants to sto setting fruits, especially when temps go above 100.

I did not know this....

it suggests using a protective cover like a nursery shade cloth to help cool it down.
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Old 07-20-2007, 10:54 AM
 
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Default Tomato Sex

Ok, I am dumb.
If I had a solarium and one or two tomato plants, how would I pollinate them?
No insects.
I think I read about just tappng the flowers every now and again.
I think I saw, on tv, someone with a paintbrush just passing the brush into successive flowers.
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Old 07-20-2007, 12:36 PM
 
Location: in the southwest
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I bet it is the heat.
Which is interesting because it is hot as hell here and I have lots of tomatoes.
However, maybe my fruit will quit setting soon enough.
I thought tomato plants self-pollinate? At least some of the time?
Goldengrain, I've heard the tapping/shaking/brushing theory too.
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Old 07-22-2007, 10:20 PM
 
Location: West Virginia
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Katie

Something could be wrong with your soil too. Have you tried using a fertilizer? Also when you back off the watering it encourages the fruit to ripen. Not sure if that will help you....
I planted them in Miracle Grow & have fed the Miracle Grow tomatoe food as directed. A thread that I started around the 1st of the month...was told it was blossom rot & the photos on the link look just like mine ...so I add Bone meal. Last week our farmers market started, the lady there told me that she's watering 24/7 & hers are starting to ripe so hopefully I will beable to buy from her. Unless like mine [oh..several of my neighbors are having the same problem] hers rot as they rippen too. Thanks for any ideas...
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