3 Tomato Questions

Asked June 19, 2019, 10:34 AM EDT

How fast can a tomato vine grow in June locally. Are most indeterminates, Big Boy, Beefsteak, cherry tomatoes, self-pollinating? Does it help to break the frequent spider webs from the top ring of the cages and/or poke the blossoms with your finger to help promote fruit forming? Thanks!

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7 Responses

Hi- vines begin to grow rapidly with increasing soil and air temperatures in June. Shoots and main stems could grow 1-3 ft. during the month depending on cultivar, care, weather conditions, etc.

All of the tomatoes you reference are self-pollinating. Pollen is released with the slightest vibration (a breeze). Vibrating or manipulating the flowers by hand will not increase fruiting.

Try to leave the spider webs alone as spiders are excellent predators of pest insects.
Jon

Hi Jon,
Thanks for your quick response.
In both cases, your answer surprised me. You offer sound advice with strong back up reasons. Good to know about slight movement generating self pollination without running around the garden and tapping blossoms to make sure that tomatoes result. Also interesting advice on leaving spider webs on the cages as deterrents to insects who will harm plants...Thanks again

Hi Jon and team!
My cayenne plants have been in the soil since mid April and only 2 or 3 of the 12 look like they'll bear by next month. Maybe the late April chill. Is there Anything that I can do?

Hi Jon and team!
My cayenne plants have been in the soil since mid April and only 2 or 3 of the 12 look like they'll bear by next month. Maybe the late April chill. Is there Anything that I can do?

Peppers (and tomatoes) really want warm soil to get growing and pretty much sit still when the weather is cool.
April is a good time to start pepper seeds indoors but transplants are best planted in ground starting in mid-May.
This page from our website has vegetable profile pages and links to our planting dates information for future reference:
https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/crops

Here is the page for Peppers: https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/peppers

Right now we would just recommend patience and hopes for better summer weather.


Christine

Thanks Christine and team.
We all work hard on our gardens and some knowledgeable advice from your team is much appreciated!! I will pinch blossoms and allow the plants growth before allowing the peppers to develop