Tomato Plants Not Producing Fruit? 5 Things You Need to Consider for a Tomato Bounty in the Vegetable Garden
There are thousands of tomato varieties and endless ways to eat them. Who wouldn’t want to grow them in their vegetable garden? In fact, tomatoes are one of the most successful crops that can be grown in an Eco Garden raised garden bed; here’s the science to prove it. Lycopene, the cancer-fighting antioxidant in tomatoes, actually increases in fruit grown in an Eco Garden.
There are two types of tomato plants:
Determinate Tomato Plants: Compact plants that set fruit all at once and stop producing when fruit sets on the top bud. They work well in small spaces and raised garden beds.
Indeterminate Tomato Plants: Tall, sun-loving plants that grow very large overall and require staking. They are often preferred because they produce tons of fruit at varying times up until frost kills them.
As any gardener knows, tomatoes can have their host of problems. One of those problems that arises is low or no fruit production. Maybe they produce a whole bunch of beautiful leaves, but no flowers. Or maybe the plants are blooming, but the flowers do not produce fruit. Don’t lose hope! Here are some reasons this is happening, and some solutions you can use to coax that beautiful fruit out into the world and onto your plate.
- It’s too hot or too cold outside: Tomatoes prefer a temperature between 65 and 85 degrees F. If temperatures fluctuate dramatically, the plants will stop producing. When temperatures climb into the 90s, you will see blossom drop.
- It’s too early/plant is immature: Indeterminate tomatoes like to get nice and tall before they begin setting fruit.
- There’s not enough light: Tomatoes love the sun and require at least 6-8 hours per day. Move them to a sunny spot and you’ll start seeing growth.
- Improper water supply: Tomatoes love water, so if you let them get too dry the blossoms will drop before setting fruit. Lack of water often leads to a calcium deficiency. Here’s a tip for adding calcium with ground eggshells. Blossom drop can happen in overly wet and cool conditions, too.
- Too much nitrogen: When plants take up too much nitrogen from the soil (which can happen with too much synthetic fertilizer) you will get a beautiful green plant, but no flowers. This is why we recommend soil testing and using organic fertilizers.
There are so many health benefits to eating tomatoes, and home grown are by far the tastiest. If conditions are right, you can grow an abundance of this versatile fruit relatively easily. One last tomato hack: if your green tomatoes won’t ripen, especially toward the end of the season, try hanging the plant upside down or ripening fruit indoors, like we show in this video.
Tell us: What tomato varieties are you growing this year?