Why do some of my tomatoes have flowers?

JJK2_4April 15, 2012

Some of my tomatoe plants have little yellow flowers on them and the others do not.

Does this just depends on the type of tomatoe plant this is? Or does this mean they are fixing to start making tomatoes?

The ones with flowers on them are the ones I bought as babies and have grown quite a bit recently.

Thanks.

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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

Tomato blossoms are what become tomatoes.

Dave

    Bookmark   April 15, 2012 at 5:09PM
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JJK2_4

Is that for all tomatoes?

    Bookmark   April 15, 2012 at 5:59PM
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KCKook

This is true of all tomatoes.

    Bookmark   April 15, 2012 at 6:46PM
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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

Tomatoes are just one of the many fruiting vegetables. Like squash, peppers, eggplants, melons, pumpkins, etc. if there are no blooms and if the blooms don't get pollinated then you get no fruit.

I'm curious, how did you think tomato plants made tomatoes?

Dave

    Bookmark   April 15, 2012 at 7:34PM
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Ohiofem(6a Ohio)

Yes, all tomatoes come from pollinated flowers. Some types of tomatoes produce flowers very early in life while others produce them later. Not all flowers will become tomatoes, but most will if conditions are good.

    Bookmark   April 15, 2012 at 7:47PM
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containerted

An interesting fact is that tomatoes have been considered a vegatable for years when they are actually a FRUIT. Just like oranges, apples, pears, and cherries (to name a few), the trees will produce blooms which will become pollinated and then the bloom will be replaced with a small fruit that grows to the maturity of those we see in grocery stores and our gardens.

Tomatoes (and peppers) are self pollinating. That means the pollen in already there inside the bloom. To achieve pollination, the bloom has only to be vibrated or shaken. This dislodges some of the pollen. This vibrating/shaking usually happens in the garden with wind, buzzing beas, or us tomato growers walking thru the garden and gently shaking the blooms.

Ted

    Bookmark   April 16, 2012 at 9:45AM
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tylenol(z10 Ca)

Fruit and Vegetable

Here is a link that might be useful: This might help

    Bookmark   April 16, 2012 at 1:59PM
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missingtheobvious(Blue Ridge 7a)

Great link, tylenol.

I particularly enjoyed "Knowledge is to know that a tomato is a fruit, but wisdom is to know not to put one in a fruit salad."

Though perhaps the devotees of fruity tomato varieties might question the fruit salad advice....

    Bookmark   April 16, 2012 at 2:43PM
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buzzsaw8

Since tomatoes are fruit couldn't ketchup be considered a smoothie?

    Bookmark   April 16, 2012 at 11:10PM
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missingtheobvious(Blue Ridge 7a)

For ketchup to be a smoothie, I think you'd have to mix it with ice.

Rather than ketchup, I think I'd prefer a Campbell's tomato juice smoothie.

    Bookmark   April 17, 2012 at 12:59AM
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Bets(z6A S ID)

LOL! @ buzzsaw8

Betsy

    Bookmark   April 17, 2012 at 3:35AM
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dickiefickle(5B Dousman,Wi.)

Let me tell ya 'bout the birds and the bees and the flowers and the trees

    Bookmark   May 1, 2012 at 3:29AM
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