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Tomato leaves curling?

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 11:43

Mine are in big pots of multipurpose compost outside on the terrace - last year I only watered them about twice a week - I water when the leaves begin to flop and not before.  

Also, I only  feed when the first truss of fruit has set and then again about a month later.  That's all.  They're pretty tough really and if you don't mollycoddle them they're not so susceptible to fungal infections like blight, and besides you get much better flavoured tomatoes 


Help needed

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 11:36

I shall ignore it too Steve 

Joys of wildlife gardening

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 11:31

Haven't seen a sight like that since my childhood 

Help needed

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 11:09

Hi Shazza 

Courgettes don't grow upwards, they grow outwards, so yours is behaving normally.  Leave the flowers on - the first ones will be males, on long thin stalks - then it will have female flowers, on short fat stalks that are really the future courgettes.  Hopefully when it has both sorts together the boys  will pollinate the girls and those short fat stalks will turn into courgettes 

You can grow courgettes in pots, I've done it, but you do have to give them a very large pot - mine was about 18" across and nearly the same deep, and you have to give them a lot of water.  It would be better in the ground if you can squeeze it somewhere in a garden border - they can look fantastic with those big architectural leaves and huge sunny yellow flowers .

As for the chilli, If the organic spray has cured the whitefly then with a bit of tlc the plant should be fine - but it may be a bit behind the other.  


Posted: 09/06/2014 at 11:02

 Any help Punkdoc? 

Tomato leaves curling?

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 11:01

That's usually a sign of stress, possibly over-watering.  I'd reduce the watering - use the 'finger test' by inserting a finger into the compost and only watering when the soil is dry an inch below the surface - that should help alleviate the situation.  

Tomatoes don't need half as much water as people think 

Weed or Plant

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 10:26

Snap! Nut and Lyn 

Tomato leaves curling?

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 10:25


Pictures would be good!  To post a pic on there you need to click on the green tree icon on the toolbar above where your type your post, and follow the instructions - sadly it doesn't work for phones ... yet!

If it doesn't work let us know.

I'm wondering if you're giving them too much water - that can sometimes make the leaves curl downwards - is that what they're doing?  I really don't water my tomatoes until the compost is quite dry.  

But I'm concerned that you say it's stopped growing ... we'd better see the pics!

Oh, and do you know the variety of the plant in question? 

Weed or Plant

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 09:34

It's Hypericum - St John's Wort - 


Posted: 09/06/2014 at 09:26

Morning Clari - it was hot and sticky last night - I was tossing and turning and having a drink of water all night 

Yes, I used to cycle for miles and miles as a youngster - parents nowadays would have kittens!!!

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