DavidnShannon
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That bucket cherry tomato plant

:oops: We have grown a monster. I believe we have one of the largest non-fruit bearing tomato plants on the planet LOL Shannon and I have decided to grow a cherry tomato plant in a Dutch bucket system. :oops: We couldn’t believe how fast it grew and how fast it flowered. So excited!!! The problem is we don’t have one single tomato on it. And now it has stopped producing flowers. Is there anyway to get it to start producing flowers again?

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Gary350
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Re: That bucket cherry tomato plant

Have you fertilized your tomato plant? Tomatoes need P & K = Phosphorus & potassium and very little nitrogen. Too much nitrogen makes large plants with few tomatoes. Part of the growing cycle is make blossoms then week or so later it starts to grow tiny tomatoes that get larger.
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Re: That bucket cherry tomato plant

If the temperatures have exceeded 85 degrees, and you don't have a heat tolerant tomato, it may stop flowering until it cools down. Tomatoes do not need a pollinator but the pollen can clump in hot humid weather. You can shake the trusses when they flower to get better fruit set. If the plants were huge, then you are probably giving them too much nitrogen. You can use different mixes of hydro solution for tomatoes in different stages or one master blend that is better balanced. If your cherry is a determinate it will produce all of the tomatoes at once. If the flowers were able to set, the fruit should develop. If the cherry is an indeterminate, it should produce flowers again when conditions are met.
https://www.greenhouse.cornell.edu/crops ... ecipes.pdf
https://bonnieplants.com/2011/07/tomato ... heres-why/
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Re: That bucket cherry tomato plant

I put shade cloth over the tomatoes when it is hotter than 95 degrees. As I live in a high altitude area the heat and wind can cause flowers to dry up and fall off. A light frost cloth can work as well. Allow cross breeze but cover from the top. Shade cloth can lower temperatures by 5-10 degrees, just enough to allow fruit to set. Shade cloth from 12:00 noon to 3: pm works. As others stated, shake the plant vigorously in the morning to pollinate flowers. Also, too much nitrogen will result in lush foliage but little fruit.

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Re: That bucket cherry tomato plant

What we are using in the Dutch bucket is the predetermined doses of both Pure Blend Pro 3-2-4 for the vegative stage then we switched to Pure Blend Pro Bloom 2-3-5 and add in Cal-Mag PLUS 2-0-0.
We don’t see extreme temperatures as it is indoors. We have the two grow lights, one for greens and one for blooms. We had tons of flowers and thought we saw the tiny beginnings of a tomato but they fell off after they dried and have not produced any more since. The tomato plant is now measuring 5 feet tall. Ridiculously large but lacking fruit. Not sure what to try next. Suggestions would be great.

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