Tomato Plants wilting from bottom up - Knowledgebase Question

Lebanon, Ne
Question by rambleon1
June 30, 2010
My tomato plants are wilting & dying from the gound up. There are plenty of blossoms on the plants and some even have samll tomatoes, but the plants look like they are dying at ground level and on up. What can I use on these plants?

Answer from NGA
June 30, 2010


Yellowing leaves on tomato plants is quite common and can be caused by a variety of things, including transplant shock, over or under-watering and lack of nitrogen. Tomato plants will often shed the lowest, oldest leaves as the plant grows. You can simply pull or clip these leaves off. In general, tomatoes like rich, moist soil that has plenty of organic matter and drains well. Tomatoes need nitrogen for green healthy leaves. Try fish emulsion for an organic source of nitrogen or use a balanced fertilizer, e.g., 10-10-10. Follow package instructions for application rates. Water well before and after applying. Tomatoes are moisture sensitive and need a regular supply of water to thrive and produce fruit. How often to water depends on your particular soil's characteristics. You want to keep it uniformly moist, but not soaking wet, to a depth of 12-18 inches.

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