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Tomato plant problem

Posted: 20/06/2014 at 23:47

Leaf curling is very common, usually the result of minor plant stress caused by temperature fluctuations or even under- or over-watering. It does no serious damage to the plant.

Tomato plants going yellow & dying

Posted: 12/06/2014 at 07:27

Epsom Salts is an age-old remedy for magnesium deficiency, Dan. Richard's peppers are doing well in the same soil so the problem is something specific to the tom plants.

Tomato plants going yellow & dying

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 19:14

Could be onto something, Dov.

Christopher, the peppers are okay in the same soil so it can't be a soil problem. 

Onion bulb gone soft

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 01:01

Had they started bulbing before the move? If so, I fear that's the problem. My one and only attempt to move onions was a failure.

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.

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