3 Replies Latest reply on Mar 10, 2018 3:05 PM by dniezby

    Tomatoes - Questions.  Help, please.

    tanyamarie1

      Hello,

       

      I have several tomato plants that are growing beautifully, but are not producing.  I have questions.  I live in Missouri.  Our weather changes weekly this time of the year.

       

           1.  I have a couple of pots that have four or five plants.  If I try to split them will they die or is there a slim chance I can save any?

           2.  I had a couple of plants that flowered, but did not produce anything.  I tried the manual pollinating, without success.  Should I give them more time or send them to the compost?

           3.  How long do I keep theses none producing plants before I give up on them?

        • Re: Tomatoes - Questions.  Help, please.
          dniezby

          tanyamarie1 wrote:

           

          Hello,

           

          I have several tomato plants that are growing beautifully, but are not producing. I have questions. I live in Missouri. Our weather changes weekly this time of the year.

           

          1. I have a couple of pots that have four or five plants. If I try to split them will they die or is there a slim chance I can save any?

          2. I had a couple of plants that flowered, but did not produce anything. I tried the manual pollinating, without success. Should I give them more time or send them to the compost?

          3. How long do I keep theses none producing plants before I give up on them?

          tanyamarie1 I have a few questions about - your questions. 

           

          You say you have a couple of "pots" that have four or five plants.  Explain that? Are you growing them in pots or the Tower Garden™ ? If you are growing them in "pots", you would need some really big containers for that many plants.  You should have no more than one tomato plant in a 12" pot. If you're growing those in the Tower, that's also too many for each grow-pod. Remove all but one plant per pod.

           

          Now assuming you're growing everything indoors in a Tower Garden™ as this is a primarily a Tower Garden™ support site,  We are going to need to SEE how you have things set up.  How are you lighting them?  Are you using any supplemental lighting? What is your water's PPM?  You're going to want it in the 1000 - 1600 range for blooming plants.  What's your pH range? You're going to want that in the 5.6 - 6.5 max range.  You mention the weather in Missouri but that means nothing if you're growing indoors.

           

          Please provide us with a little more info so we can help you further.

           

          However, keep in mind, even with answers to all these questions, you need to know that growing tomatoes indoors is not for the faint of heart. It's not an easy task even for the most practiced gardener. A single INDOOR Tower Garden™ shouldn't have more than one in the tower ( IMHO ) unless that's ALL that you're growing and if that's the case, you will need additional lighting.

           

          As for when to scrap them...I would check the data on your variety of plant. See how large it's supposed to grow and when it's "supposed" to flower and be ready to fruit.  If it's past that time, I would say it become subjective.

           

          P.S. Photos would really help to show your set up, plant sizes, arrangement and condition of plants.

           

          -Dave
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            • Re: Tomatoes - Questions.  Help, please.
              tanyamarie1

              Thanks, Dave.  I am sorry for the delay in my response.  You are correct, the weather is not a factor with indoor growing; silly question.

               

              I am growing with the base stock model equipment, tomato cage, and lighting system.  I tried to transfer them to assure one per pod, without success.  I am still working on remembering to check the PH levels.  It was low for a period of time.  My peppers were the size of a large strawberry.  They were cute and tasted good, but were tiny.  My husband is going to transplant them to the soil garden when it's time.  I can't wait to see if they produce anything.

               

              I am stubborn and couldn't wait to start my TG.  I used the seeds in the starter packet, which are mainly flowering plants and not recommended for indoor growth without special lighting. 

               

              I appreciate this group.

               

              Tina

                • Re: Tomatoes - Questions.  Help, please.
                  dniezby
                  Thanks, Dave. I am sorry for the delay in my response. You are correct, the weather is not a factor with indoor growing; silly question.

                   

                  You're welcome. No problem and lastly, there are no stupid questions. Someone will always learn from every question.

                   

                   

                  I am growing with the base stock model equipment, tomato cage, and lighting system. I tried to transfer them to assure one per pod, without success. I am still working on remembering to check the PH levels. It was low for a period of time. My peppers were the size of a large strawberry. They were cute and tasted good, but were tiny. My husband is going to transplant them to the soil garden when it's time. I can't wait to see if they produce anything.

                   

                  Um okay, so with everything you've mentioned, here is what I can tell you.

                   

                  As "stubborn" as you are, I've done some of the same things. There is nothing wrong with being excited to get your tower up and growing.  It's incredibly satisfying when food is a step away from your table.

                   

                  As for why they're not flowering...I was told not to grow tomatoes indoors and tried anyway. It failed. Foliage grew like crazy, the house smelled awesome but the flowers would sprout and die a few days later.  They just won't fruit - HOWEVER, that's not entirely true. In my opinion, they can be grown indoors IF they're the only fruiting plant in your tower.  If you're growing peppers AND tomatoes it will be a battle. In my case, the peppers have always won. 

                   

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                  I am stubborn and couldn't wait to start my TG. I used the seeds in the starter packet, which are mainly flowering plants and not recommended for indoor growth without special lighting.

                  Again, don't feel bad about being excited to grow your own food.  We learn from our mistakes and it makes you a better Tower farmer. 
                  I would start your seedlings again and move fruiting plants to containers if Tomatoes and peppers (at least regular tomatoes) so far have been my only "no go". (So far)

                   

                  Obviously, your success rate would improve with better lighting but you have to look at your own budgets and return to make decisions like that.

                   

                  Hope this gives you more idea of where you need to take your plants.