Sickly tomatoes

koms1016(9)May 10, 2013

My tomatoes aren't doing so well...know the soil needs fertilizer so added that. Is there any chance of saving these or should I just yank them out and plant new ones?

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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

That's a poor looking plant - long and leggy with huge internode lengths and minimal foliage - starved for light to get that lanky and nutrients to have so little foliage. What did it look like when planted? That light starved? Couldn't it have been planted much deeper?

So tell me about your soil. Is it a container or a bed? What is it filled with? What and how often have you fed it?

Personally I'd pull it and replace it as it will likely never be healthy given its compromised circulatory system. You still have plenty of season left but first you need to solve your soil problems.


PS: just in case you didn't know there is a Growing Tomatoes forum here too.

    Bookmark   May 10, 2013 at 2:33PM
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sweetquietplace(6 WNC Mtn.)

The soil looks a bit dry. Give it a good drenching and see what happens.

    Bookmark   May 10, 2013 at 2:35PM
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It's a raised bed we filled with garden soil that was crap. Has no nutrients in it. I added fertilizer but I doubt it was enough. Want to start over but don't want same thing to happen again.

    Bookmark   May 10, 2013 at 10:09PM
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LynnMarie_(5 SW Kansas)

I have very little experience myself (just starting the learning process), but my dad started a new bed with crap soil last year. His garden didn't do anything to speak of and was a waste of time and water. He was disgusted. I would suggest some nutrients be mixed in asap. If his garden is any example, you wont get good results without amending the bed somehow. I cant give any guidance on what to add at this point though.


    Bookmark   May 11, 2013 at 4:56AM
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annew21 (zone 7b NC)(7b NC)

Have you had the soil tested? That's the best way to find out exactly what, and how much, you need to add.

    Bookmark   May 11, 2013 at 8:43AM
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AiliDeSpain(6a - Utah)

Add tons of compost before starting over, but do start over asap.

    Bookmark   May 11, 2013 at 9:49AM
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edweather(Zone 5a/b Central NY)

IMO there is no way that plants can get that leggy unless they are reaching for the sun. I'm guessing that they are getting no more than 5 hours of sun per day.

    Bookmark   May 11, 2013 at 9:53AM
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robertlovesmaters(Zone 10 Petaluma CA)

It does look a bit dry.. tomatoes need plenty of water.. the leaves look healthy albeit spaced out.. might try digging it up, cut off all the branches except the top two., dig a trench and plant it laying down with only top sticking out.. the entire stem that is planted will become part of the root structure. don't worry if it is crooked. it will right itself.. but,, if you don't have it in full sunlight,, it continue to get long and lanky.. maters need full sun.. and plenty of H2O

    Bookmark   May 18, 2013 at 2:53PM
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