It's tomato season, and you just can't wait for the day you get to pick those juicy ripe tomatoes off your plant. Unfortunately, all you keep seeing are flowers, and you're left scratching your head, wandering what you did wrong. We know it is so frustrating. Here’s what might be throwing off your tomato game:
You’re planting too close together. First, make sure that you plant about 2 feet apart. Bury a tomato transplant up to its “neck,” and you should only see about three or four leaves above the soil. If you’re planting in containers, make sure the pots are more than 24 inches in diameter. The deeper the roots, the stronger and healthier the plant.
It’s not getting nearly enough light. Tomato plants require FULL sun for a minimum of 6-8 hours. Without the proper energy, you’ll be left with a lot of blooms and little fruit.
You’re watering too fast and too little. Make sure to water your tomato plants at a slow rate with a drip irrigation system such as a drip hose. Water every 2-3 days in the height of summer at the roots. A good rule of thumb is to give the plant about 2 inches of water a week, but this varies by temperature and size of the plant.
It’s either too hot or too cold outside. The best temperature for fruit to produce is a high of 65-70 degrees during the day and a low of 55 degrees at night. Keep in mind that when it’s cold, windy, or consistently wet for a while, pollination can be thrown off, but should return to normal when weather regulates again.