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Just picked some of my first toms in GH and a couple of tigerella from outside. Without exception each truss has got tomatoes on but not full . the tigerella had six flowers but ended up with only the two fruits. Has anyone got any suggestions as to why this is?


  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,875

    sounds like poor pollination, are you leaving the door open to let insects in? Try some calendula in there to tempt them in.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,923

    Tomatoes should pollinate themselves - try giving each plant a little shake every time you go into the greenhouse. 


    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • image  feel silly now . I've got calendula in the garden so will relocate one of them and give the outside ones a slapimage  thanks guys  

  • ItalophileItalophile Posts: 1,731

    It's not uncommon, primrose. A slap (or a tickle) won't hurt the outside ones either. You can't always count on fossicking insects to trigger the self-pollination process.

  • LynLyn Posts: 23,190

    I would never plant any flowers in with my tomatoes. My dad has grown them, trouble free for almost 30 years here, when I suggested putting some marigolds in there he will be sorry..and I was, for the first time they attracted black fly, white fly and every other pest, so never companion planting for again.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

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