tomatoes fell

mommomsgarden(6/Jersey Girl!)July 4, 2013

so i came home today and something had knocked over my entire tomato bed! The tomato trellis was knocked down on its side all the plants bent and limbs broken left and right. Some of them I had to clip off. Will this traumatize my tomato plants? Will they continue to grow?

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

It will traumatize them sure. But tomato plants are famous for their ability to recover and get new growth if no further damage happens. How quickly they come back will all depend on the amount of damage done to each plant.

In the meantime don't feed them and be careful not to over-water them as that would only add more stress.

Good luck.


    Bookmark   July 4, 2013 at 8:10AM
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I have to agree. My 12 tomato plants were shattered by hail 3 weeks ago. The damage was severe. I was sure it was the end of my tomato season, but as Dave said, they came back. I pulled out only 3 plants and the rest sort of just bushed out after having their growing heads chopped off. They now all have buds again and one has set fruit too. So yes this will set them back, but they are most likely to come back.

    Bookmark   July 4, 2013 at 8:50AM
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donnabaskets(Zone 8a, Central MS)

The most important thing is to figure out what happened and prevent a recurrence. When tomatoes get really tall, a strong wind can really work havoc.

    Bookmark   July 4, 2013 at 4:47PM
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mommomsgarden(6/Jersey Girl!)

I think it might be a bunny rabbit! I bought this fence today to surround my veggie beds! Hopefully it doesn't happen again!

    Bookmark   July 5, 2013 at 12:48PM
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It could just have been the weight of the tomatoes.

    Bookmark   July 5, 2013 at 1:14PM
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mommoms - be sure to bury about 6" of the fence underground in a curved fashion like this:

    Bookmark   July 5, 2013 at 1:56PM
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