Yellow leaves - Knowledgebase Question

Baltimore, Ma
Question by lady_just_ch
June 10, 2009

I am growing tomatoes in a pot and 3 leaves are starting to turn yellow. The plant is otherwise healthly looking and growing. It has been raining a lot in Maryland and the plant is exposed to plenty of sunshine. What could I be doing wrong?


Answer from NGA
June 10, 2009


It is normal for tomato plants to lose their lower leaves. As the leaves age they turn yellow. You can simply pull them off the plant. Most tomato plants will adapt to growing in 3 to 5-gallon containers. It could be that your tomato plant needs a little more root room so you might consider transplanting it into a larger pot. You can do this without interrupting the flowering and fruiting process by filling a large container with moistened potting soil and setting the current pot into the soil to make a hole. Then carefully slide the tomato plant out of the pot and set it in the hole in the potting soil. Water well and your plant won't even know it has been moved. It will set more flowers and fruit as the summer progresses. Best wishes with your tomato plant.

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