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By Chris Hayes
You should see yellow flowers on your tomato plants at 5-7 weeks, and soon after that you should see some of those flowers turning into little green tomatoes. If you don't get flowers, you will never get fruit! Sometimes, healthy tomato plants don't seem to want to flower, but very often you can turn them around by changing their environment:
Tomatoes can be a little finicky! Outdoors, they may not set fruit if days are too hot or too cool, if nights are too warm or too cool, if the soil is too wet or too dry, and so on. If your tomatoes are blooming then you are on the right track, and hopefully some of the ideas here will start those tomatoes coming:
Tomatoes grown in the AeroGarden should be pruned early and often in order for them to grow full and bushy, as well as to flower prolifically. If tomatoes are not pruned early enough in their growth, they will grow tall with lots of leaves and flowers at the top, but no growth on the lower stems.
Once this has happened it will take some patience to train your tomatoes to leaf out again at the base. Prune off about a third of the leaves (and flowers, if any are present) at the top of the plant, removing the newest, smallest leaves. This will stimulate the plant to branch out lower on the stem, and eventually to produce flowers and fruit throughout its height. You will need to continue to prune the top of the plant periodically until it fills out with even growth below.
For a detailed article with a slideshow on how to prune plants that have grown up into the lights, click here.
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