Low Tomato Yield

by Cindy
(Milwaukee, Wisconsin)

My tomato plant (Early Girl, i think) is not yielding fruit. The blossoms open up and then shrivel and fall off. The weather has been quite hot and dry in Wisconsin, but I water. Some leaves have brown spots and they yellow and fall off. I have started to pull them off but I am afraid I will kill the plant. Help!

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Apr 27, 2012
yellow flowers
by: sue ditter

All well and good, but what about the yellow flowers drying up and falling off?

Aug 07, 2011
LOW yields
by: Dave

My Early Girls did not do good either ,,,,,,either the seeds were low quaility or the cool weather in the spring held them back ,,,,,,Just my guess

Aug 04, 2011
Hot weather tomatoes
by: Clark

For the spots and yellowing check with your local gardening center for some spray fungicide. There are some very common problems like Septoria Leaf Spot that can be kept under control with weekly treatment.

About your low yield: it may just be too hot to set fruit. Many varieities won't set fruit above 85 degrees (F). But some report good success in getting pollination to occur by vibrating the stems with an electric toothbrush or shaking.

Some varieties are more heat tolerant than others. Cherry tomatoes and smaller varieties like Roma do better in the heat. I'm not sure about Early Girl but since it is a short season variety perhaps it isn't too heat tolerant. If it's really intense sun some people rig up some row cover fabric for protection. Also watering during midday could be adviseable as it increases humidity around the plants and lets the leaves dry quickly in the sun.

Good luck!

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