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[Tomato Dirt #150] Why If My Tomato Plants Don’t Set Fruit? What To Do
June 15, 2018

Tomato Dirt Newsletter
Volume 8, Number 15

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FEATURE: What If My Tomatoes Don’t Set Fruit? What To Do

Normally, a tomato blossom is pollinated and then fruit develops. This is called “setting fruit.”

But sometimes, a healthy tomato plant flowers, its blossoms drop, and no fruit develops. This is called “blossom drop.” It's a result of plant stress or poor pollination.

There are at least five conditions that can lead to blossom drop.

  1. Extreme temperatures. Cool nights (consistently below 55ºF) or hot spells (days consistently about 90ºF and nights consistently above 75ºF) force the tomato plant to abandon fruit production and focus merely on surviving. Tomatoes’ optimum daytime temperature range for setting fruit is between 70º-85ºF.
  2. Poor pollination. When temperatures are too hot or too cold, insects aren’t active in the garden. Not as many blossoms are pollinated. Along the same lines, without proper humidity (40-70%), pollen has difficulty releasing or sticking …
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Until then, happy gardening!

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