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Growing Tomatoes in Pots

Posted: 18/07/2014 at 07:34

Salino, note the purpling of the leaf veins and around the edges in the first photo. I think you could be looking at plant stress with maybe a phosphorous deficiency. There are viruses that will cause similar issues but I have no idea whether they exist in the UK home gardens.


Growing Tomatoes in Pots

Posted: 17/07/2014 at 15:36

Could be any number of reasons, Salino. Is the roll up or down? In other words, are the edges going up or under?

Growing Tomatoes in Pots

Posted: 17/07/2014 at 08:34

Herbicide damage can produce those results, Tomsk, but so can a host of other things like plant stress and even a virus. If the plants are otherwise healthy, and don't produce any other worrying symptoms, I'd just keep an eye on them and wait for the toms.

Sweet Bell Peppers

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 09:55

If a sunny, reasonably warm day is forecast, it wouldn't hurt to put the plants outside. Leggi's temp reading is par for the course.

greenhouse tomato blight

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 09:52

Depending on which fungal problem it actually is, it doesn't have to mean a death sentence. Diseases like Early Blight take a long time to kill off a plant. Remove affected leaves as soon as they appear to give yourself a head start. Not overcrowding plants, allowing as much air circulation through the foliage as possible, is another natural aid against infection.

Sweet Bell Peppers

Posted: 15/07/2014 at 21:58

Scoot, it sounds like a heat issue. Plastic magnifies heat even if the door is zipped open. Dove's question is a good one, too. If the pots are small, they will suffer more - and quicker - than in larger pots.

What's happened to my tomato?

Posted: 14/07/2014 at 09:41

Give it a chance, OL. It will take a while to settle into its new home. Ditch it now and you'll never know!

What's happened to my tomato?

Posted: 14/07/2014 at 09:37

Which plant is this, OL? The ailing one in the second photo?


Posted: 14/07/2014 at 09:16

It does depend on the variety. Different varieties will ripen as different colours.

Blosom End Rot

Posted: 14/07/2014 at 09:09

KEF, it's not so much letting the soil or compost dry out but erratic watering patterns. Plant stress is thought to be the underlying cause of BER, with erratic watering patterns topping the list of contributing factors.

But I've had BER on plants that have enjoyed utterly regular, consistent watering patterns. There are obviously other factors that can stress a plant - sudden, rapid temperature changes; possibly even strong winds, whatever. Still, we've come a long way with BER from the days when the answer was said to be insufficient calcium in the soil. Roll on science.

It still remains a mystery why some varieties - mainly the plums, San Marzano, etc - can be more prone to BER than other varieties. I've often had plums in the same bed alongside other varieties - identical soil, identical watering and climatic conditions - with the plums suffering BER while the other varieties remain clean. You'd have to assume there's some genetic factor at work. Roll on science again.


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