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Womble

  • Joined Mar 2009
  • Stirlingshire, Central Scotland
A tale of two tomato plants.....
« on: September 01, 2010, 03:27:15 pm »

So we bought two small tomato plants in February, and planted them in a pot in our front porch. OK, to passers-by it looks as though we've started a cannabis farm, but we don't care.

However, although one of these plants has sprouted a really good crop, the flowers on the other one have never developed into actual fruits. Instead, the flowers just seem to dry up after a while and no further growth occurs, despite the two plants being in exactly the same place, and hence under the same conditions.

Any ideas what's going on folks? Lack of pollination perhaps?
"All fungi are edible. Some fungi are only edible once." -Terry Pratchett

little blue

  • Joined Jun 2009
  • Derbyshire
Re: A tale of two tomato plants.....
« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2010, 09:31:35 pm »
could be... get out there with a soft brush!
any passing, p*ssing cats/dogs that favour one side?!
Little Blue

Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
    • Wester Gladstone Hebridean Sheep
Re: A tale of two tomato plants.....
« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2010, 12:43:26 am »
Sounds as if one isn't getting as much water/nutrients as the other.  Maybe you have a vine weevil larva in the pot eating the roots.
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Womble

  • Joined Mar 2009
  • Stirlingshire, Central Scotland
Re: A tale of two tomato plants.....
« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2010, 02:11:11 pm »

Thanks folks - I've just been out with Mrs Womble's finest pastry brush  ;), so we'll have to see if I've done it in time or not! 

Not sure what to do about the evil weevils, but once the plants are finished, I'll have a good look to see if that might have been the problem.

Cheers!

P.S. Has anybody got a good recipe for green tomato chutney?  ;D
"All fungi are edible. Some fungi are only edible once." -Terry Pratchett

northfifeduckling

  • Joined Jan 2009
  • Fife
    • North Fife Blog
Re: A tale of two tomato plants.....
« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2010, 04:35:24 pm »
usually it helps to just shake tomato plants to pollinate them, maybe the one is in a windstill corner?

little blue

  • Joined Jun 2009
  • Derbyshire
Re: A tale of two tomato plants.....
« Reply #5 on: September 02, 2010, 08:34:46 pm »
Little Blue

Womble

  • Joined Mar 2009
  • Stirlingshire, Central Scotland
Re: A tale of two tomato plants.....
« Reply #6 on: September 03, 2010, 12:05:50 am »
Thanks Little Blue!
"All fungi are edible. Some fungi are only edible once." -Terry Pratchett

Greenerlife

  • Joined Mar 2009
  • Leafy Surrey
Re: A tale of two tomato plants.....
« Reply #7 on: September 03, 2010, 03:06:40 pm »
usually it helps to just shake tomato plants to pollinate them?

Oh that takes me back!  Many, many moons ago I spent an entire summer holiday with a little wand type thingy that buzzed which I had to carefully put behind each flowering frond of every tomato plant in acres and acres of greenhouses - all for 30p an hour!  Happy days!  ;D

Womble

  • Joined Mar 2009
  • Stirlingshire, Central Scotland
Re: A tale of two tomato plants.....
« Reply #8 on: September 10, 2010, 08:45:38 am »

Well, it looks as though the pastry brush worked!  ;D  There are about 10 wee green tomatos showing now. Thanks folks!
"All fungi are edible. Some fungi are only edible once." -Terry Pratchett

little blue

  • Joined Jun 2009
  • Derbyshire
Re: A tale of two tomato plants.....
« Reply #9 on: September 10, 2010, 06:51:06 pm »
now all you need is enough sun to get them red, before its frosty at night again....   :)
Little Blue

 

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