Newt3. Why do my tomato plants consistently drop their blooms?
This is a problem associated with several factors:
(1) Variety selection is of utmost importance for all crops, including tomatoes. Varieties other than those that are recommended for this area by the University of Florida will not be adapted to the climate or soil conditions. Poor growth, bloom drop, and poor fruit set is to be expected from varieties not recommended for this area.
(2) High nitrogen will cause a lack of blooms or bloom drop. High nitrogen availability will cause plants to grow excessive and lush foliage at the expense of bloom and fruit set. Reduce the nitrogen applied to the crop.
(3) Tomatoes have a very narrow optimum temperature range which is best for bloom set and for production. Nights which are too cool or too hot will cause the bloom to drop. Planting tomatoes or any crop out of season is a common error and puts the plant under environmental stress resulting in poor growth and flowering. Late spring or early fall planting subjects tomatoes to temperatures that are too high for bloom set.
(4) A water cycle that subjects the tomato plant to a wet then dry condition as opposed to a consistent moist condition results in bloom drop. This problem is very common in container grown vegetables.
(5) Tomatoes require at least 6 hours of full sun. If tomatoes get less than 6 hours of full sun, poor blooming or bloom drop can occur.
If youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been using any fertilizer on your plants, check the first number on the bag, thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s nitrogen, and too much nitrogen will cause tomato plants to drop their blossoms. YouÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll probably get beautiful bushes with no fruit if thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the problem.tinkerbell9902 wrote:I am fairly new to gardening. I have three tomoto plants, and each of the plants have some yellowed area near the buds. When the buds are touched they fall off. What do I need to do to prevent this, as I am loosing some good potential tomotoes.