Blooming Tomato Transplants

“I have Harlequin VF Hybrid tomatoes and the days to maturity for this tomato as 80-85.  I am finding flower buds on my seedlings which are still in 2 1/2″ pots. Looks like an early variety to me and more like 40 days. Do you think it is the right variety or did I get the wrong seed?  Very vigorous plants! ~I.”


Thank you for email us via Facebook regarding your tomatoes.  On occasion, a tomato plant will begin to flower while it is still in the pot.  This is a stress response to its environment.  If the tomato were left in the pot, there is the chance that it would form and produce seed/fruit.  However, the fruit size would be greatly reduced and the seeds would be few and poor.  This is because there is not much plant to feed the developing fruit.

The best thing to do for your tomatoes is to plant them out in your garden. Pinch back any blooms that are on the plants.  Your plant needs to put its energy into growing a large plant before producing fruit.  Once the plant is in the ground, it will be 80-85 days until you have ripe tomatoes.




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One thought on “Blooming Tomato Transplants

  1. Hello.This article was extremely fascinating, particularly since I was searching for thoughts on this topic last Wednesday.

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