Why did my tomato plants not have any fruit last summer?
In Florida, the summer season is just not the right time to grow them. While a few varieties, mostly cherry tomatoes, may be capable of enduring the summer, most varieties prefer more moderate weather conditions. Pollination cannot usually occur when night temperatures are below 50 degrees. In addition to that, pollination also cannot usually occur when night temperatures remain above 70 degrees. To top that off, daytime temperatures above 85 degrees can also hinder the process. Pests and diseases are also prevalent in summer weather. Considering all of this, the time to start seeds indoors is mid-January so that the plants may be put out in late February. Of course, the plants must be protected from frost or freezes. A second crop may be started in pots in July to be planted in August.
Do you want to learn more?
The Master Gardeners are available in the Plant Clinic to answer questions about your Garden! If you have always wanted to learn more about your own gardening problems, the Plant Clinic is the perfect place to visit. Master Gardeners are ready to help you with research base information. In addition to the UF publications, there is a whole library of books just sitting there waiting to be used.
We have two plant clinics, one in Osceola Heritage Park and one in Poinciana. The Plant Clinic in Osceola Heritage Park is open Tuesday to Friday from 9 am to 3pm and is located at 1921 Kissimmee Valley Lane, Kissimmee FL 34744, you can call to speak with a Master Gardeners Volunteer 321-697-3000 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. And if you are in the Poinciana area, we have another Plant Clinic at the Mary Jane Aquatic Center located 625 Country Club Drive, Poinciana, Florida 34759. Mater Gardeners Volunteers are available only on Thursdays from 10am to 1pm.
We are hosting the first Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Spring Festival and Plant Sale Saturday, February 29, 2020 at Osceola Heritage Park located at 1921 Kissimmee Valley Lane, Kissimmee, FL 34744; at the festival we are going to have plant vendors, classes, kid’s activities and more. For more information visit the Event’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/events/400246350861874/
Sandy Switek, Master Gardener & Eva Pabon, Master Gardener Coordinator