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Post  moswell on 7/24/2012, 11:31 am

I'm not sure how best to explain this, but I'll give it a try. I have a Moreton plant that's been doing well. Generally speaking, each flowering branch produces about six or seven flowers, and I usually get two to three tomatoes growing on that branch. The other blossoms just stay there (well, the petals dry up and fall off eventually, but the bud/blossom stays on the branch), seemingly unpollinated or whatever. Then, I noticed a few days ago that some of these seemingly dud buds had tomatoes growing in them. This is at the same time that other tomatoes on that branch are in the process of ripening, so I've got a combination of two to three large, ripening tomatoes, and two or three very small, growing tomatoes on the same branch.

If this doesn't make sense, I'll try to post a picture later today. Anyway, my question is, how does this happen? Once the flower petals are gone, it doesn't seem like the blossom could be pollinated, and yet I'm getting new tomatoes on month-old blossoms.
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Post  camprn on 7/24/2012, 11:38 am

The flower stems will grow a number of blooms but they don't grow at the same rate, as you can tell, the ones farther out on the stem are less mature. As the buds mature, they become viable for pollination.

It could be the plant pollinated the bloom but is putting more energy into the first fruits, maybe the plant is under stress from environmental conditions... to everything there is a time/season.

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Post  moswell on 7/24/2012, 11:41 am

@camprn wrote:The flower stems will grow a number of blooms but they don't grow at the same rate, as you can tell, the ones farther out on the stem are less mature. As the buds mature, they become viable for pollination.

It could be the plant pollinated the bloom but is putting more energy into the first fruits, maybe the plant is under stress from environmental conditions... to everything there is a time/season.

Well, our weather is certainly enough to give even the hardiest plants (and humans) stress, so I guess that makes sense! And now that some of the first tomatoes are ripening, I guess the plant can devote more energy to growing some of the previously pollinated blooms? Interesting, I wouldn't have thought the plant could store its energy that way, but then, I'm still a new gardener and my background is hardly botany. Very Happy
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