Tomatoes are one of the easiest as well as the hardest fruit to grow in our spaces. We must know everything about the plant needs to harvest healthy and tasty tomatoes. But, one of the most common issues gardeners deal with is lack of tomatoes to tomato plant other than leaf problems. Most of us who have grown bushy tomato plants wonder where all tomatoes are gone.
Have a look on the reasons why tomato plant doesn’t have many tomatoes and what you need to do to fix it.
Why Tomato Plants Don’t Make Fruits And What Are Reasons Behind It?
Often, tomatoes can be harvested after 90 days of planting. However, every variety of tomato has different time of fruiting and it’s really hard to be patient for harvesting fruit on your plant. Firstly, search everything about the variety of tomato you are growing so that you will know when you should expect the fruit off that plant.
If your plant is old enough to produce fruit, then consider it as one of these reasons for poor production of your tomato plants. There are various reasons why your tomato plant isn’t producing fruit, have a look on 5 of them in this article.
5 Reasons Your Tomato Plant Has No Tomatoes:
- It Has Been Too Cold Or Too Hot:
Tomato plant can grow easily in wide range of conditions, but temperatures on extreme can have impact on quality of your fruit. If your nights are dropping in to 50’s or days to 100’s then you will experience issues of self pollinating of flowers. Sometimes, flowers may fall off on the ground without setting any fruit. Extremes in temperature also have same impact on producing fruit.
What You Need To Do:
If you see temperatures and humidity are affecting your tomato fruit, just wait for the weather to become more cooperative and it’s better to plant your tomatoes a week after your last frost.
- Not Using Right Fertilizer:
Nitrogen encourages leaves to grow and phosphorous encourages healthy growth of fruits. If you’re using fertilizer that lacks in full spectrum of nutrients or high in nitrogen, your plants many not be setting as much fruits you’d like.
What You Need To Do:
Always prefer using organic fertilizer that has equal amounts of nitrogen and phosphorous or less nitrogen and more phosphorous. Never use synthetic fertilizers for your plant, they are often too high in nitrogen which results in burning leaves or blossom end rot. Sometimes, it causes low fruit because the nutrients are out of balance.
- Infected With Pests And Diseases:
Wilting, stunted growth, yellow spots or misshapen leaves are common symptoms of tomato plants being infected with pests or diseases. I know, its quite frustrating, but you can do two things to get rid them off from your plant. Once you see that plant is infected, let it grow or pull it off.
What You Need To Do:
If you see infestations or diseases on your plant, try to clean them with dish wash soap or use a neem oil spray to prevent them.
- Too Much Or Too Little Water:
Too much water or too little water causes the plant to not produce enough fruit. It’s always best to keep watering even and avoid extreme conditions that lead us to experience tomato fruit problems. Or just install drip irrigation system at the base of your plants and soak the soil when top inch of the soil is completely dry.
Depending on the climate conditions you live in, water your plant once or twice in a week. Knowing how much you need to water your plant is really a practice in observing your garden and getting to know specific conditions that affect your plant.
- It Need To Be Pruned:
Tomato plants need to be pruned in order to produce healthy fruit at the right time. Letting them bush out leads at fewer and smaller fruit, so when plant is healthy and life is good and there’s plenty of space to grow, then the tomato plant has no motivation to produce fruit. It can easily continue vine out and take as much space it needs. Prune them often to encourage its growth to harvest nutrient rich tomato fruits.
Everything you go through in gardening is an experience. So don’t worry, if you didn’t get great crop this year even after working freaking hard for your crop, try again next year and the year after that.