Leaves Turning Yellow - Knowledgebase Question

Staten Island, NY
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Question by woof54
April 27, 2001
i started my burpee seeds indoor as i do every year but this time my tomatoes seedlings came up and the leaves started turning yellow. the plants are still growing but don't look as healthy as previous ones. can i do anything to help them . they are big boy, beef steak and early girl.

Answer from NGA
April 27, 2001
Based on your description it is difficult to tell why this is happening. Some possible reasons could include a pest problem (examine them carefully), an over or underwatering problem, or possibly overfertilizing. (Many of the soilless mixes now contain fertilizer.) Another possibility is that they are lacking a micronutrient or the potting mix has a different pH. You might try using a water soluble fertilizer for acid loving plants (at a very dilute rate) and also try one with micronutrients such as one labeled "with minors" or one based on sea weed or kelp. Good luck with the tomatoes!

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