The Q&A Archives: Plant Suggestions to the rescue

Question: I bought some cilantro and tomoato plant and today they look weep and down how comes should i add miracle grow or just move them from a sunny window to a shady places? I am getting depressed these plants that i just bought they were supposed to be given to my mom for her garden but i am having problem taking care of them Please help. Today i bough miracle grow mositure soil for my indoor starter kit i hope i bought the right one. It was suggetsted by a plant specially. Any suggestion or guide magazine or booklets to purchase based on plants and vegetables? Thank You once again

Answer: The cilantro and tomato both need full sun, so a sunny window is the right place for them. They might be wilted due to over or underwatering.

The soil should be slightly damp like a wrung out sponge, not sopping wet/saturated and not dried out. When you water, allow any excess to drain out the bottom of the pot and be sure to empty the drainage saucer under the pot so it is not sitting in water. When you water, use tepid water and make sure the water is soaking into the soil and not running out between the edge of the pot and the soil.

Do not fertilize them if they are wilted or seem stressed, this can aggravate the problem.

The soil you bought should work, although for beginners I usually recommend using a seed starter mix because it helps moderate both over and underwatering problems. Take care to keep the soil slightly damp, not too wet and never dried out, as described above.

As far as books, the Dummies series includes gardening books that are excellent. You should be able to find them at the library or bookstore. You might start with Gardening Basics for Dummies.

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