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Q.Tomato Plants Not Producing Fruit

Zone Cheverly, MD 20785 | joanlinstrom added on July 28, 2020 | Answered

I planted four tomato plants in Mid April this year which I started from seeds indoors in March. My plants are about five feet tall and grown along in the same garden as my potatoes and cucumbers. Everything is well staked. The plants get morning sun but lose sun from 11:00 to 12 while the sun moves over trees The plants then get full sun from noon until 4-5 o’clock. I have plenty of flowers on the tomato plants but so far only two tomatoes. Last year I planted tomatoes in the same garden from seed in the ground. I didn’t get much fruit until almost the end of September. In fact I had to purchase protectors for the plants until the plants stopped bearing fruit because it was getting cold outside. What am I doing wrong? Why is my yield so sparse? Maybe it isn’t in the right spot. Please give me some advice. I live in Maryland outside of DC.

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Answered on July 28, 2020

I see one thing of concern. That spotting on the lower leaves is indicative of spider mite damage. This will need to be controlled, immediately, to avoid losing the entire garden.

Here is an article that will help:


Another thing that appears to be the case- Too much nitrogen, or not enough phosphorus and potassium in the soil. Test for deficiencies and pH swings, then amend accordingly. These articles will help:



This article will help you to grow tomatoes to their potential:


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