Recently I just received an email from south east Asia about a problem a lady name Anne is having! It seems that all her plants are producing flowers but no fruits. View Anne's question below!
I’m Ann in Cambodia and I have a potted vegetable garden on my roof terrace. I have a couple of questions I’m hoping you can help me with.
1. Tomatoes: I have 2 pots of tomato plants with 2 plants in each large pot. I started them from seeds and they must be about 6 month along by now. One or two of the early plants spouted tomatoes and they turned red quickly but they were really small and kind of tough and not tasty. I transplanted one and started a couple more from scratch. This time the plants seem healthy but I get no fruit at all. There are some little yellow flowers sometimes, but they don’t turn into fruit. I noticed on your blog clips that you? recommend getting rid of flowers. Do you mean ALL flowers? How can I get them to bear fruit?
2. Passion fruit: I have one good sized plant and am training it to grow across the roof eves. But I have sort of the same problem as with the tomatoes. At first I got quite a few pretty flowers…but then they dropped and no fruit developed. Now its only leaves.
3. Pumpkin/watermelon: I planted a few of the vine creeper vegetables like pumpkin, cucumber and watermelon. Again, I’ve got good vines, lots of leaves and yellow blossoms but never any fruit so far.
What I am doing wrong and how can I get them to bear fruit?
There may be a few reasons your flowers are not turning into fruits!
As I can't see the plants themselves I will do the best I can!
My first answer would be because it's happening to your Pumpkins too is that your NPK balance is down!
If you get lots of leaf growth then the N -for nitrogen is fine.
Here is a brief description of NPK Nitrogen helps plant foliage to grow strong. Phosphorous helps roots and flowers grow and develop. Potassium (Potash) is important for overall plant health.
I would recommend adding blood and bone! I like to use fish emulsion and seaweed together myself, but I am not sure where you can buy this is your country!
If you can get hold of a bag of blood and bone or the above you will need to start adding it to your pots over time. To get immediate results make a weak liquid version first. Be careful not to make it too strong as it burn the roots. Just make it like you would a very weak tea,,,same colour!
The 2nd Part!
You may be over watering or underwatering.
If you over water the plants leaf tips will turn brown and also the same for under watering.
Make sure your containers are only lightly damp!
You can check this by sticking your finger a couple of centimeters down.
The 3rd Part.
Nearly all fruits need approximately 6 hours a day of full sun to set fruits well.
Anne, and fellow readers I hope you found this blog post How To Stop My Tomato Flowers Falling Off and Produce Fruits useful?
If any of the readers may have answers please leave comments below! Also I am open to answer more questions from you all! I will always try my best!
ps: Also please check out my full resource page Growing Tomatoes in Pots