Ok I know it's to late this year but can someone tell me how to raise tomatoes in a five gallon buck and get lots of friut
I learned something this year that tripled my tomatoes in my green house. It seems that tomato blossoms have the male and female parts in each flower, as opposed to one flower being male and another female as is the case with so many plants. The bees go from male to the female carrying pollen and pollinates the female flowers. Tomatoes are different. The male part of the flower in inside or nearest the stem, and the female part of on the other end. This in why their blossoms point down and not up like apples and such.
When the bee sees the yellow, he lands on the flower which shakes it, and pollen falls from the male part above onto the female part below. The bee doesn't actually get any pollen from the flower and after awhile he finds other flowers to mess with. In a garden, there are lots of insects, wind, even rain to shake the flower and drop the pollen, but if you have the plant in a green house, or deck or enclosed structure of some kind, there may be nothing there to shake the flower.
Last year I had 4 plants in my green house which I zip tied to fencing that was 7 foot tall. You almost couldn't get in this 14 by 20 foot house they were so big. But I didn't get enough tomatoes to even can.
This was because there wasn't enough action in there to shake the flowers.
On advice from a friend, I bought a cheap cordless electric tooth brush, and used it to shake each flower every couple of days.
I know it sounds goofy, but you can see the fine pollen dust fall when to touch the flower with the vibrating head, and I have clusters of 4 and 5 big boy tomatoes like I have never seen. If you try this once, you will always do this for your bucket plants.
My friend texted me a u tube video which explained this. You could probably google it. I had my 6 year old grandson shake the flowers for me early this summer when I was gone for several weeks, as a chore "for money"
It's one of the coolest things I have ever saw. Every flower becomes a tomato.