Young fruit and flower abscission on tomato plants is certainly a disappointment for us all, especially when it directly lowers the plant’s potential for good harvest.
Currant Tomato Plants
A lot of factors can cause this phenomenon, such as:
- Lack or excess water. Excess water usually happens in rainy season.
- Unsuitable tomato variety
- Lack of excess nitrogen
- Lack of sunlight exposure
- Macro and micro nutrients deficiency
- Pest and disease attack
- Excess pesticides
- Calcium and potassium deficiency
- Unsuitable soil acidity
After knowing the causes, here’s how you can deal with it:
- Make sure your tomato plants aren’t lacking potassium, nitrogen, calcium, phosphor, magnesium, and other macro and micro nutrients. You can make sure to get those nutrients from organic fertilizer, bio-fertilizer, compost, or non organic fertilizers like NPK, KCL, and Urea.
- Use high quality variety that can withstand disease and pest attack
- Use nitrogen fertilizer but on the right dosage, never too much or too little
- Use plastic mulch to prevent soil erosion and to protect soil humidity
- Pay attention to row spacing distance, don’t plant tomato plants too close to each other
- Use just enough pesticides as suggested dosage, never use too much
- Cut off wild branches
- Watch out for pests like thrips, aphids, and mites. You can control pests using their biological predators or insecticides like cuacron, demolish, bamex, alfamex, etc.
- Watch out for Gemini virus that can make flowers fall off. Prevent this from happening by taking care of its vector, whiteflies. Use chemical insecticides like samite, alfamex, agrimex, Pegasus, or demolish.