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Tomato leaves turning brown - repeat now with pics

Posted: 04/06/2015 at 08:50

Eve, it looks fungal. The underside of the smaller leaves towards the top right corner of the first photo seems to show lesions. Have a look underneath the larger leaf.

The second photo is different. It almost looks like herbicide damage. Have you sprayed anything near the plant?

Bell pepper slow/no growth?

Posted: 03/06/2015 at 08:46

Joe, the shop-bought plant will have been reared in a hot house. Most of the plants for sale that seem very advanced for the time of year have been reared thus.

Capsicum probably need things warmer than tomatoes because they take a lot longer than toms.

Tomato plants

Posted: 31/05/2015 at 08:37

Carol, don't leave them sitting in water in the bath. If you're only away for a few days they will cope perfectly well without watering. Mix for toms should never be permanently damp, it should be allowed to dry out between waterings.

Planting tomatoes outside, how tall should they be?

Posted: 29/05/2015 at 18:46

What sort of day and night temps are you having, Cat?

Planting tomatoes outside, how tall should they be?

Posted: 29/05/2015 at 17:44

Cat, they're big enough to plant out in their final homes. The advice about protection is good. It all depends on your temperatures. Wind won't bother them if they're staked and tied up securely. The yellowing could be lack of light but, more likely, overwatering. When they're in their pots, let the mix dry out between waterings. The mix should never be permanently damp.


Posted: 29/05/2015 at 17:39

Sounds like you're definitely overwatering, Irene, which - as Dove says - will cause leaf curl. I responded to your question on Simon's thread.

For toms in the ground, the rule of thumb is to water infrequently but deeply. This sends the roots deeper into the soil. Frequent shallow watering only keeps the roots hanging around the surface. As an example, mine are in the ground, the temps are now into the mid-high 20s, and I'm not watering more than once a week. But when I do water it's deeply. 

For toms in pots, the mix should not be permanently damp. Few plants like constantly damp feet and toms aren't one of them. You can afford to let the mix dry out between waterings. And when you do water, water deeply.

As an overall rule of thumb, toms thrive on "tough love". Or, in other words, controlled neglect. A tom produces fruit in order to reproduce itself before it expires and your basic aim is to create an environment in which the plant feels a tad threatened, encouraging it to reproduce. An overwatered, overfertilised plant doesn't feel threatened, just bloated. In short, less of everything is better.

Growing tomatoes

Posted: 29/05/2015 at 17:26

Irene - again, I'm not Simon, but tom leaves will curl for a variety of reasons including just because they can. If the leaves look healthy otherwise, I wouldn't worry.

Growing tomatoes

Posted: 29/05/2015 at 17:23

baza - I'm not Simon, but are they planted out or still waiting to be planted out? If planted out, flowers are fine. Flowers can arrive early. If they're not yet planted out, take off the flowers to let the plant devote all its energy into development. More flowers will come along.

Tomato plants damaged by hail storm...Replace?

Posted: 22/05/2015 at 14:42

I can't see any damage worth worrying about in that photo, SP42. All a tom plant really needs is some roots and a growing tip or two. I'd take off the lowest branches closest to the soil for housekeeping reasons.

tomato plants

Posted: 20/05/2015 at 15:41

Okay, Maskotka is a determinate variety, a bush-type plant that doesn't have leaders, per se, as an indeterminate variety would. They're the sort of variety that do well in small containers or hanging baskets.

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