Newly transplanted tomato plants wilting
Hi there --
I prepped my raised bed last week and have been hardening my seedlings/small vegetable plants for over a week. Saturday I put them all into the ground. The cucumbers are doing great, as are the pepper plants.
The tomato plants, however, are wilting/drooping. They are still green, they just won't stand up. They are about 3" high, so I was told they were plenty ready to transplant. They have adequate water and the soil was pre-prepared with fertilizer specifically for tomato plants. I have them loosely tied to small sticks to act as stakes to hold them up, but the leaves are still leaning and laying over; if the stakes weren't there one plant in particular would be almost lying in the dirt.
This hasn't happened the previous two years, so I'm scratching my head on this one. Any ideas? (And can the wilting plants be saved?)