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Posted: 28/07/2013 at 14:17

Girlyfox, you're overwatering and overfertilising. Don't water by rote, water when the plants need it - which is to say, when the mix dries out. Toms shouldn't sit in permanently damp mix. They shouldn't need fertilising more than once every three or so weeks.

Toms will produce at their optimum if they're made to struggle a little bit. Toms, like most plants, exist to do one thing - reproduce themselves. Producing fruit is the tom's method of reproducing itself. And plants are most likely to feel the need to reproduce if they feel a bit threatened. A tom plant full of moisture and fertiliser doesn't feel in the slightest bit threatened. Just fat, bloated and comfortable.

Your hanging baskets plants are still very young. Whether they produce fruit before the end of the season depends on the variety. Some varieties produce earlier than others. If it's sunny and warm where they are, leave them where they are.

Peas peas

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 12:10

Depending on your temps and season you could plant for an autumn crop. They don't like it hot, though.


Posted: 28/07/2013 at 09:41

Sounds like a pollination problem, Eileen. Give the flowers gentle flicks with your fingers to help trigger the pollination process.

How warm and/or humid is it inside the greenhouse? Excessive warmth and humidity can work against pollination.

Tomato plants in greenhouse

Posted: 27/07/2013 at 10:27

You usually end up with impenetrable clumps of foliage when you get branches crossing over each other and lying on each other. It's easiest just to cut off any branches that are crossing. The plants needs foliage for photosynthesis but will cope perfectly well with a lot less foliage than they produce.

Why won't my tomatoes ripen?

Posted: 27/07/2013 at 10:14
bigolob wrote (see)

When they are ready to ripen, they will do so without this attempt to force them to do something which they are not ready for.

I think your problem is that your Toms as yet are too immature (small) and too early to ripen. Keep feeding them according to the instructions on the Tomato fertiliser every 4 days.

I agree generally. The toms in the photo look don't look close to maturity. And temperature is the key to ripening. Optimum temps are low-20sC and above.

One thing, though. Cut back on the fertilising. The closer to maturity the fruit gets, the less nutrition they take from the plant. During ripening, they actually take virtually no nutrition from the plant.

Jalapeno Jelp

Posted: 27/07/2013 at 10:05

Yep, it never hurts to give pollination a helping hand with toms and chillies. Outdoors, insects and even a breeze will agitate the flower's internal mechanism and trigger pollination. A brush with the hand or a flick with the fingers achieves the same thing. Indoors, away from insects and a breeze, it's an even better idea.

Tomato plants in greenhouse

Posted: 26/07/2013 at 13:11

Ah, Laurel & Hardy come to the forum!

LL, Dove's right about the temperature ripening the toms, but it's a good idea, too, to thin out some of the foliage if it's forming thick clumps. Air circulation is a good aid against fungal problems and clumps of leaves stifle air circulation.

first time tomato grower seeks advice

Posted: 26/07/2013 at 08:20

Tomsk, the flowers wither and fall off if they haven't been pollinated. It's common. Not all flowers produce tomatoes.

non flowering jasmine

Posted: 26/07/2013 at 08:15

kati, are they in the ground? And getting plenty of sun? Jasmine respond well to a feed with a fertiliser high in potassium. Tomato fertiliser works well.

Why won't my tomatoes ripen?

Posted: 26/07/2013 at 08:08

Valerie, ripening (or maturity) is down to a couple of things. First, the variety. Some varieties mature earlier than others. Second, once the fruit is at the stage where it's ready to ripen, it's down to temperature alone. Toms don't need direct sunlight to ripen. Optimum temps for ripening are low-20sC+.

How often are you feeding them? Overfeeding can play tricks on the plant's system and delay ripening.

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