Better Boy Tomato Problems

  • jencathen 11 years ago
    I planted my Better Boy tomatoes about 2 months ago. I live in South Texas so it is very warm than. I have a big plant but no tomatoes or the little tomato flowers. Any ideas?
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  • thepiggs 11 years ago said:
    Did you fertilize them well? How do the plants look.
    If you over fertilize tomatoes, they will become quite lush, at the expense of blooms and fruit. That could be one explanation.
    Has it been really hot? Some tomatoes just don't want to produce during hot or humid weather.
    If the plants are just hanging on and really not doing much more than when you planted them, did you plant root-bound plants? Sometimes they need the roots broken up a bit at the bottom, so they can spread and develop.
    Just some thoughts. I'm not a tomato expert of growing them in Texas, so these are just some things that I can think of.
    If this doesn't help you, ask at your local gardening center. Hopefully they will have someone there with tomato sense.

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  • jencathen 11 years ago said:
    It might be too much fertilization. I bought that soil that says no fertilization for 3 months and my Mom insisted when she was visiting that I need to use some plant food and she did that to the plant for a month.

    I bought it already started at Lowe's Garden Center. The highs have only been in the 80's.

    I could try the breaking up the root a bit and repotting it.

    I'll contact someone at the Farmer's Market this Saturday. They should know.

    Thanks for your help!
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  • thepiggs 11 years ago said:
    Yep, if someone kept fertilizing the plant and it's now a beautiful, lush plant, that's probably the problem.
    I learned from experience one year. I had a tomato forest but no tomatoes. I was so pleased that the plants were so beautiful but was scratching my head when they wouldn't even bloom!
    You might want to start over, using a plant that might be able to withstand the heat of Texas and make your mother stay away! LOL



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  • jencathen 11 years ago said:
    LOL Ya I'll put a sign up No Mother's Allowed. hehe
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  • pointsevenout 11 years ago said:
    And don't take any fertilizer from your mother.
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  • pointsevenout 11 years ago said:
    Tomato plants like it hot but when the temperature hits 95 degrees the tomato plants will loose their bloom. Last year, if the April freeze wasn't enough, the thermometer hit 105 for almost a full month in mid-summer stroke and fried all my plants, even as well watered as they were.
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