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Apr 19, 2016 8:16 PM CST
Hello, I am asking for help to identify what is going on with my tomatoes. This year after replanting my very good and healthy tomatoes plants different varieties from 4" pots into 8", using a new soil, organic and special for tomatoes - all of my plants got very curly tops. Looks like a fern. I watch temperature 18 - 28 CELCIUS, bright, not direct sunlight, soil never was completely dry or overwater. 3 days ago I did soil test: low on Nitrogen, low on Phosphorus, but high on Potash. PH-alkaline 8. I started watering with fertilizer 30-10-10 with microelements. Spay 2 times per day -early morning and later in the evening (before sun). But nothing has helped. Please, please help me with some ideas, how can I heal and save my poor plants. Thank you.
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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
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Apr 19, 2016 8:30 PM CST
Welcome to NGA, @Irina !

I'm not sure about this, but your photo reminds me of tomato curly top virus ( )

Unfortunately, affected plants don't recover, from what I read there; I've never encountered that particular problem myself. Hopefully someone with first-hand experience will have additional information (or, I could be completely wrong and this is something else altogether).

Best of luck to you -- and, as an aside, it would help us to know where you are located... which can be added in your profile information so that it will show on the right-hand side of your posts. Smiling
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