Vegetable Plants Not Setting Fruit

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Dear Master Gardener,

I’ve been growing vegetables for the last 4 or 5 years but this might be the least successful season yet. My plants look good and grow well, but there aren’t tomatoes on my plant, or squash on my vines. If the plants are okay, why aren’t they producing fruit?


Fruitless in Onslow

Dear Fruitless,

I have noticed that my fruit is coming in several weeks later than last year, so you’re not alone!

This has been a difficult spring for some of our warm-season crops. April was unusually cool and wet, so a lot of crops didn’t get into the ground until 1-3 weeks later than usual. And then, on top of that, it stayed cool and wet, so we’re now dealing with the delayed planting and slowed growth.

Then, there was May, and all that rain. The insects that carry pollen don’t fly during windy, rainy weather. So, we had less pollination than usual. In some cases, that windy rain may have beaten flowers, resulting in a loss of fruit.

If your plants are healthy, be patient! While we may have lost some of our early fruit for this season, conditions are improving and your plants should be productive as the season continues.

Let us know if you have any questions and please feel free to send us photos of your greatest garden successes (or saddest failures – we don’t judge!) You can also share updates with us on Facebook, at Gardening In Onslow County.

Happy gardening!