Sunday, August 7, 2011

Tomato Problem

All my tomatoes are in the hoophouse.  They have been growing really well, ranging from 4-6 feet tall.  Unfortunately they seem to be producing very few blossoms.  We have a grand total of 2 tomatoes.  It's been really hot in there all summer so for the past 2-3 weeks we haven't been shutting the door and windows.  It's cooler in there now but still very few flowers. 

Is there something I can do to promote flowering and eventual fruit production?  I'm getting worried.  It's been an epically bad growing season for us and if I can't even get a tomato harvest I may cry. 

Any tips?

13 comments:

  1. Have you tried trimming the sucker shoots?

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  2. I was picking at them earlier today but there really aren't that many. I've never pruned my tomatoes in the past and always had a huge harvest. This is my first time growing in a hoophouse though.

    I think we're going to try removing the plastic and seeing if that helps.

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  3. Oh what a bummer!!! The greenhouse is so awesome, they are to the roof!! I cannot believe they are not flowering.

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  4. I'm having your problem too and I've been using manure tea, cutting the suckers, letting the door open for the bees and nada. Very discouraging. Never had a problem before.

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  5. The bees are dying off - something is killing them. I grow my cherry tomatoes on my deck & usually have hundreds. This year I may have twenty. No pollination happening. On the other hand - My husbands beef steaks & Scotias are producing like crazy. His are in a raised bed about 25 feet from the deck - Go Figure. By the way - I used to live on your small farm in 1964/65. Good luck with your endeavors.

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  6. Too bad :( My tomatoes are flowering more than ever this year! Already had a dozen reds picked off of them and lots more blossoms coming in. Hopefully it changes for you! I had a bad cucumber year two years ago, got 1 cuc off of 4 plants that was only about 3 or 4 inches big.

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  7. Our tomatoes are ripening already, those outside, the plants in the greenhouse are stagnant, few blossoms, no fruit. So I think it is the bees, we are lucky to have a hive nextdoor.
    How did the party turn out by the way? We ended up just having close friends in.

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  8. The bees don't affect the lack of blossoms though. Just the lack of pollination.

    The party was okay. A lot of people didn't show up. Everyone was a bit more subdued than I had hoped. At least in comparison to the actor filled Halloween parties I've had in the past.

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  9. Ouch... that was harsh. We came, we helped, we got costumes, we stayed, we socialized, we sent a thank-you note. What more did you expect?

    Given your disappointment in the attendance, perhaps you want to reconsider insulting those that did put the effort in.

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  10. Sorry if you misunderstood the comment Jeff. I wasn't trying to offend anyone, on the contrary, we are very grateful to everyone who came out and contributed. All I was trying to point out was that we were expecting more people who said they were coming.

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  11. Tomatoes are self-pollinating, just give the plants a gentle shake or tap the flowers to encourage pollination. No bees required, which is good for me since my next door neighbor sprays anything that moves.

    Also, pinching suckers only helps you manage the size of the plant itself. Each sucker will bear fruit at some point, so while pinching them might make the remaining tomatoes bigger, it will reduce your overall harvest.

    Have you been fertilizing the plants? Too much nitrogen will cause vigorous plant growth with little to no flowering.

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  12. We haven't fertilized at all. The soil we had delivered was amended with seaweed. From all the comments online and in r/l I'm starting to think it was the temps in the hoophouse. Hopefully now that the top is off we'll see some more flowers develop.

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  13. Anonymous; Do you have any photos of the house from back then?

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