Debora Griffin wrote:Can anyone shed light on why my plant's aren't producing any tomatoes? I have 4 heirloom beef steak plants (grown from seed) that are 4 - 5 ft tall, seem very healthy and have ton's of blooms but after months of blooming, still no fruit! I've tried to stress them a bit, pruned them a little and try to keep the suckers off but still nothing! Maybe the soil is too rich and they're just happy to keep growing!
They're Beefsteak tomatoes... That's what they do. That's why I don't grow Beefsteak tomatoes... Or Brandywines... Or anything similar...
With that said... Tomatoes require pollination which can be facilitated by wind, or by insects. Are yours growing in a greenhouse or highly protected location? I ask because greenhouse tomatoes typically require artificial pollination either by vibrating the flowers or by introducing pollinators such as bumble bees. Electric toothbrushes or adult toys are commonly used to buzz-pollinate tomato flowers. First thing in the season I buzz-pollinate the tomato flowers, just to give them a bit of an extra boost. The flower viability is affected by things like temperature and humidity, and it varies from variety to variety. Both high temperatures and low temperatures can prevent pollination. Higher humidity generally leads to higher fruit set. Some greenhouses install misting systems to increase productivity.
Buzz-pollinating tomato flowers:
As far as pollination. damn I never even thought about it.
the beefsteaks...I plant a few just to keep me humble! Usually get 6-12 per plant. good for a couple of BLT's or just salt and pepper olive oil. Never had enough to can them.
I like the San Marzano(Roma) type they are prolific producers and taste great, they are meaty and make a great Salsa, as well as for sauces and soups,canning etc.
Like i always hear from the growies on this forum... BTW the best people on any forum I have ever been on and who have far more experience then I do. If it doesn't work where they are try them somewhere else if they still don't work try something else. It was a hard change of mind set,i am new to gardening and probably took every failed plant as a personal failure. Now for me it's FIDO and life is good.
(You can go to "My Profile" and add some info about your climate to your posts, which would help folks better answer your questions.)