any way to know if a blossom has been pollinated?

Need2SeeGreen(10 (SoCal))October 17, 2012

I am still trying to grow a Sungold on my very hot patio.

My plant went into a bad shock right in the beginning of our heat wave, and crispified even though I moved it under an umbrella after the first few hot days (I tried shading it first).

I kept watering though and it sent up little shoots off its big, crispified branches. I was going to post here and ask if it was better to let those grow, or start new plants from them, but they took off so quickly I decided to let things be.

Anyhoo, now it has quite a few flowers. But it seems like they aren't doing anything much.

My question is, can I tell by looking if a flower has pollinated? There isn't much blossom drop at all, so does that mean something good? How long does it take before I will know if they're going to be tomatoes? It would be sooo nice to get some.

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edweather(Zone 5a/b Central NY)

If the blossoms pollinate you will see small tomatoes forming in about a week, give or take.

    Bookmark   October 18, 2012 at 2:52PM
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Need2SeeGreen(10 (SoCal))

It seems like it's been a week already. So does that mean these blossoms are spoiled and I should just hope for new ones? It did get very hot here the other day, though I had thought the blossoms had been around earlier than the heat spell. I'm confused.

Also, I guess I have a patience problem.

    Bookmark   October 19, 2012 at 5:25PM
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Need2SeeGreen(10 (SoCal))

Just an update: it finally started to grow tomatoes. None are ripe yet though, and many things can still go wrong. I am still confused about the timing but oh well. If I get even a handful before it's too cold, I'll be happy.

    Bookmark   November 13, 2012 at 9:01PM
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Good luck with your fruit Need2SeeGreen!

I'm sure you'll get some tomatoes before the cold sets in.

There is a great guide I use which has helped me

Here is a link that might be useful: Best Juicy Tomatoes

    Bookmark   November 15, 2012 at 9:19AM
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    Bookmark   November 21, 2012 at 1:54PM
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