Friday, July 16, 2010

garden fail friday: where's the beefsteak?

ugh, this one hurts. one of the tomato plants i planted out mid-may, in an absolute primo position in the garden, is now five feet tall, with a total of one (1) fruit growing on it. observe, plant:

fruit:

it hardly gets any flowers, and the ones that do form usually fall off:

the tomato plants to the left and right of this one--both different varieties, planted on the same day and currently about the same size--each have dozens of green tomatoes and flowers on them. all three are getting the same treatment. so what’s this one’s problem? fail.

6 comments:

Sylvana said...

Too much nitrogen not enough phosphorus? It does look impressive though.

GoneferalinID said...

That plain sucks.

Emily said...

sylvana--that's exactly what i would think too, but i don't understand why the two plants next to it that get the same treatment would behave so differently...

goneferal--yes it does! it completely pisses me off.

JJ Beazley said...

I had a similar mystery with radishes. Five rows planted in the same area of ground. Two had consistently big red globes, the other three produced only long red roots with a rock-hard swelling at the end. I shrug.

LC said...

I don't know what is causing your problem, but I use a hormone bloom set product on mine as they were not fruiting either... they are loaded with tomatoes now... Larry

Emily said...

jeff--weird, i've had some inexplicable difficulties with radishes too. i'm much less upset by radish fail than tomato fail, though.

larry--i'm glad to hear those sprays actually work. i tried using some kind of bloom spray a while ago but probably didn't give it enough of a chance.