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Tomato plants going yellow & dying

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 00:55

Odd that the peppers are coping but the toms aren't. They're twins in terms of growing requirements. When you say they've gone yellow, have there been spots on the leaves? Has the yellowing been gradual or rapid? If the peppers weren't coping I'd be wondering whether the toms are getting sufficient ventilation, overheating perhaps.

Growing Tomatoes in Pots

Posted: 07/06/2014 at 23:13

Putting them in the shade is a good idea. If the pot is big enough they will cope without water for a week.

Growing Tomatoes in Pots

Posted: 06/06/2014 at 22:57

If the pots are big enough you don't need to keep the mix moist. You can let it dry out within reason. As long as the pattern is consistent. Blossom End Rot is more the result of irregular watering patterns than too little water.

And to answer the question. No, you've done no long-term harm. If they bounced back, they're fine. Toms are tough critters.

Growing Tomatoes in Pots

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 14:08

You wouldn't want more than one plant per 20 litre pot. Depth of the pot is important, too, if they need staking. Nothing worse than an unstable tomato stake. As I know to my cost.

Growing Tomatoes in Pots

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 11:39

Provided they're healthy, the spindly ones always eventually catch up. Given that, in your situation, I'd go for (a) the sturdiest that (b) are the darkest, healthiest green without any blemishes. Can you pass on the rejects to someone else to grow?

Brown spots on tomato leaves

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 09:18

Looks like Early Blight to me. As above, you can only pick off the affected leaves as soon as the very first signs emerge. The longer you leave it, the more you risk denuding your plant.

Spraying is only an option if you spray preventively - before symptoms appear. Once the symptoms appear, no spray will cure the problem.

Growing Tomatoes in Pots

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 06:52

Okay. Anyway, I've never had a tomato plant that gets to to 60cm not produce flowers. Sometimes you get a runt that never really develops. It ends up on the compost heap.

I don't know how long your growing season is but it might be too late to sow more seeds (in terms of getting fruit before the end of the season). In decent conditions you're looking at 6-8 weeks from sowing to planting out.

Growing Tomatoes in Pots

Posted: 28/05/2014 at 21:40

Ah, now I understand. Why aren't the others outside too?

Growing Tomatoes in Pots

Posted: 28/05/2014 at 18:30

If the grafted one that's flowering is in the same greenhouse then it's probably not the conditions. The pots are okay, too, for the moment. You're just going to have to wait and see. The growth spurt suggests they shouldn't be far away.

Growing Tomatoes in Pots

Posted: 28/05/2014 at 17:22

SP93, not even the very first indications of flowers? Absolutely miniature versions that will develop? Some varieties will take longer than others. What varieties are they?

In the meantime, how big are the pots? How warm does it get in the greenhouse?

It's not too late to sow in terms of germination. The seeds should be sown no deeper than they are thick - which is to say, very shallow, just covered with mix. The mix should be kept damp, not wet, and the ideal temp for germination is in the 20sC, warmth preferably from underneath.

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