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Asked by
trenton on
May 1, 2011

Q. Pink Brandwine Not Producing

We have a Pink Brandwine, a Big Beef, and Better Boy. The Big Beef and Better Boy had lots of tomatoes. The Pink Brandwine has lots of flowering but no tomatoes. Just do not understand.

Answered by
Heather on
May 3, 2011
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This article may help:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/tomato/tomato-blossoms-no-tomatoes.htm

If I remember correctly, Brandywines have a different shaped flower. This may be making pollination difficult if the weather has been humid or very wet. This article will help with hand pollinating the plant:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/tomato/pollinate-tomatoes.htm

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Asked by
resa on
June 22, 2011

Q. Heirloom Tomato Plant Leaves Rolling Up

Why are my heirloom tomato plant leaves rolling up? I have a patio garden in what I call large pots.

Answered by
Heather on
June 26, 2011
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Asked by
dede1756 on
July 31, 2011

Q. Why Are My Green Tomatoes Cracking

I am growing several different types of tomatoes in my garden but I am having a problem with cracking or splitting in my green tomatoes. These happen to be Cherokee Heirloom tomato plants. What can I do to save my tomatoes?

Answered by
Nikki on
August 1, 2011
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Asked by
happygardner on
September 3, 2011

Q. how to protect your tomato plants from rats

I have some beautiful heirloom tomato plants, which are yielding a good crop of tomatoes, but every one that just starts to turn color from green is eaten. And I mean they wait until it is just starting to get the hint of a hue other than green, and whoosh, they are eaten. Please help!

Answered by
Heather on
September 5, 2011
Certified Expert
A.

There are a few things you can try. Cayenne pepper sprinkled on and around the plants, citrus peels and predatory urea (available at garden centers) are all good deterrents.

You can also try hanging pie plates or old CDs around the plants or cover the plants with bird netting.

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Asked by
Pink Brandywine on
May 26, 2012

Q. Why do the buds on my tomato plant look like they’re being cut off?

Have a Pink Brandywine beefsteak tomato plant that has just started to produce. Buds are disappearing – and are not in the garden!

Answered by
Nikki on
May 28, 2012
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A.

When the tomato buds fall off without fruiting, this is a sign of a pollination problem. These articles will help:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/beneficial/insect-pollination-process.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/tomato/pollinate-tomatoes.htm

If you still feel it's a pest issue, you can treat the plants with neem oil. It is effective and safe to use. Here is more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/pesticides/neem-oil-uses.htm

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Answered by
Chillingrow on
May 28, 2012
A.

I've had the same problem with some of my tomato plants! :(
I think they're being eaten by critters / insects that have found their way to our precious tomato plants!! lol!! I've picked 2 green worms off of my plants over the last few days. Other websites I've gone to suggested either using Sevin dust or a comparable insecticide for vegetable plants, or checking your plants carefully daily & remove any worms that may be found. Look carefully though!! They are EXACTLY THE SAME COLOR AS THE TOMATO STEMS! They also munch on the leaves, & I've found them on the underneath side of the stem. You can also know if you have them by looking for little black poop drops on the leaves.
This is my first year growing tomatoes, so I'm no expert! Just sharing what I've learned so far! :)
Happy gardening!
Chill

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Asked by
Anonymous on
September 15, 2012

Q. Heirloom Tomatoes

Planted beautiful heirloom tomatoes for the first time. Planted them in good soil and put them in an underground ‘cage’ so the gophers couldn’t get to them. They are huge, bearing fruit, but the leaves look like they are drying up; I noticed while watering that water is going down holes on the sides of the gopher baskets. . . looks like they might be eating the roots. Would this be the reason for the leaves drying up? Plus, my little cherry tomato is now all dried up and dead. I live in northern California.

Answered by
Nikki on
September 17, 2012
Certified Expert
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Something is preventing the plant roots from taking up water. You may need to move them elsewhere or grow them in pots. This article will help with the gopher problem: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/animals/eliminate-gophers.htm

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