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any way to know if a blossom has been pollinated?

Posted by Need2SeeGreen (10 - Los Ang,CA) (My Page) on
Wed, Oct 17, 12 at 21:35

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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RE: any way to know if a blossom has been pollinated?

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


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RE: any way to know if a blossom has been pollinated?

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.


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RE: any way to know if a blossom has been pollinated?

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.


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RE: any way to know if a blossom has been pollinated?

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


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RE: any way to know if a blossom has been pollinated?

Thanks!!


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