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5 Best Tips For Tomato Flowering But Not Fruiting

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By Samuel Ansah

Last Updated October 16, 2022

Your tomato plant may be flowering but not bearing fruit for a number of reasons, including a pollination issue, inadequate nutrients, poor watering, and insufficient sunshine. Additionally, factors like disease or pest infestation might stop your tomato plant from producing fruit.

Find below the solutions on how to correct tomato flowering but not fruiting in this guide. The tomato plant grows tall but has no fruit find the answers below.

Tomato Flowering But Not Fruiting
Tomato Flowering But Not Fruiting

Why are my tomatoes not setting fruit?

When troubleshooting tomato plants not setting fruits, you may consider the soil nutrient imbalance, poor sunlight exposure, pollination, watering and mositure content in the soil and any possible infections from pests and diseases.

1. Soil nutrient imbalance

Excess nitrogen in the soil is one notable cause of tomato plant flowering and not fruiting. This is because your plant needs nitrogen to grow green, and if there is too much nitrogen present, the plant could continue to expand rather than produce fruit.

If you notice excess nitrogen in the garden here is what to to reduce nitrogen. To help remove some of the extra nitrogen in the soil, you can cover the soil with mulch. Cheap, colored mulch works very well for this. Cheap, colored mulch is typically created from leftover soft woods, which require more nitrogen to break down in the soil.

2. Inadequate sunlight

For tomatoes to fruit well, you must make sure they get exposure to enough sunlight during the day. Tomato plants convert sunlight into energy to produce fruits. So, in the absence of sunglight, your tomato plant will not be able to set fruit.

To correct inadequate sunlight for more fruiting, you can reposition the tomato plants if they are in pots. In instances where they are not in pots, you may either remove any sunglight blockage arounf the tomato plants or better find a suitable place next time when planting tomatoes.

3. Absence of pollination

Extreme temperature and excessive use of pesticides in the area can stop pollination in tomato plant, hence no fruiting. Pollinating insects will move away from the area when they detect pesticides and insecticides in the area.

What to do when there is absebce of pollination? The only option is to do what is called hand pollination in order for your tomato plant to set fruits. Below is a video tutorial on how to do hand pollination for tomatoes to fruit.

Tomato flowering but not fruiting

Tomato Flowering But Not Fruiting

4. Dryness or lack of water

Overwatering will cause the roots of your plants to rot, which will ultimately cause the plant to die. Also, the plants will get stressed and unable to produce fruit if they don’t receive adequate water.

The best approach to ensure that your plants receive the proper quantity of water is to manually probe several inches of soil to see if it is too wet or dry. Additionally, you should keep an eye on the forecast and refrain from watering when rain is predicted.

5. Pest and disease infection

Pests like tomato worms or aphids can cause tomato plants to become too stressed to produce fruit or even to survive. The surviving plants may grow healthier if you keep pests away from them by eradicating plants that have been afflicted with aphids and tomato worms to stop further infection.

Buying tomatoes that are resistant to disease and rotating your garden crops each season so that your plants are not growing in the same spot year after year are the best ways to keep your plants disease-free.

Read Also: Best fertilizer for flowering tomatoes.


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