Hey firedog, and travelingwithbuddy, Did you start your plants from seeds, or seedlings? Where did you purchase your sprout seeds or seedlings? Here is a link I found on how to grow sprouts. And here is one of the tips.
Prune leaves once the fruit begins to emerge, by snipping off the leaves at each nodule where a fruit sets on. This will force growth of the fruit. Be sure to leave plenty of leaves at the top of the plant. It needs these leaves to produce food and to continue growth.