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Angela Brown
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I have some flowers on some of my tomato plants and i actually have 4-5 tomatoes showing up, but the majority of my plants don't have any flowers. Any suggestions to get tomato plants flowering?
 
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Any suggestions to get tomato plants flowering?

Annual plants have 2 main stages of growth: Vegetation, and Reproduction.

The 3 main nutrients N-P-K (Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium) each promote different phases of a plant's life.
N will promote the early growth of vegetation, but too much will inhibit the reproduction (flowering & fruiting).
P will promote the roots, and the reproduction system of your plants.
K is an overall nutrient that helps the plants overcome various stresses (heat, cold, drought, etc.).

Most "Bloom" type fertilizers are higher in P and K, with little to no N in the formula.
(Examples are 5-20-10, 0-10-10, etc.)

I would say that if your plants are big and healthy, you should NOT give them any more N, but concentrate on feeding them P & K.

 
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Thanks for that info!
 
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John Polk wrote:
Most "Bloom" type fertilizers are higher in P and K, with little to no N in the formula.


Comfrey as a mulch or liquid fertilizer is good for that.
 
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Comfrey as a mulch or liquid fertilizer is good for that.

Mulches are an extremely slow way to 'feed' plants.
The growing season would probably be over by the time they received any measurable nutrients.
A liquid fertilization would be the quickest way to 'administer the medicine'.

Most plants with hard or waxy leaves, or hairy leaves will repel most foliar feed.
Tomatoes, despite their hairy leaves, will however absorb some potassium through their leaves.
Some good comfrey tea added to the next watering would probably do the trick.
 
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Except I don't have access to comfrey or the tea made from it. I'm open to anyone sending me some leaves tho...
 
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you can force blooming by withholding water until they bloom.
 
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you can force blooming by withholding water until they bloom.

Yes. If the plant thinks that it is going to die, its last-ditch effort should be to try to reproduce itself.

 
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Patrick Mann wrote:you can force blooming by withholding water until they bloom.


It's been raining here far to much. I'm not complaining about that tho!
 
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