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Q.One tomato plant out of 5 isn’t producing fruit

Zone 6 | CJSR added on July 30, 2012 | Answered

I have 3 different kinds of tomato plants in the garden. 2 Roma, 1 Grape, and 2 Heirloom plants. All of them are doing great except one of the Heirloom plants. They are both the large slice and eat tomatoes. We’ve already eaten numerous tomatoes off the one plant, but the second one, while it has lots of blossoms, has only one tomato at this point. The heirlooms are 2 different types, and are both grafted plants. Any suggestions?

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Answered on August 7, 2012

Try giving the non-producing plant a gentle shake every day or so. In hot and humid conditions, sometimes the pollen can get sticky and not distribute correctly. Shaking the plant a little will help loosen it up and increase the fruit production.

Beyond that, keep in mind that this is an heirloom. Heirlooms are typically bred to do well in specifics regions. If your non-producing heirloom is say a cool weather tomato and you live in a hot area (or vice versa), it may just not be happy. Heirlooms are fun, but when buying and growing them, check out where the varieties you are looking at were developed. Aim for varieties that were developed in areas similar to your own and they will produce better for you.

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