Better Boy Tomato Plant - Blooms, No Fruit

by BJ
(Columbus, GA)

My better boy tomato plants are growing fine; they produce blooms, but few of the blooms produce fruit. The fruit that is produced is small and often splits before maturity. What do you think might be the problem?

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Jun 18, 2011
Some suggestions
by: Clark

There are a number of causes for fruit not setting:

1) Too much nitrogen fertilizer
2) Night temperatures below 55F or day temperatures above 90F
3) Dry, windy conditions

Things to try to help tomatoes set fruit:

1) Maintain great growing conditions by mulching and deep watering once per week.
2) Provide windbreaks
3) Stagger your plantings since we can't predict just the right timing for temperature.
4) Help pollination by hand using a soft small artist's brush or occasional gentle shaking or vibrating the plant with an electric toothbrush.

Good luck and let us know if you were able to solve the problem!

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