Potted Tomato - Knowledgebase Question

Eastpointe, Mi
Question by pcm072
July 7, 2009
I have a potted tomato plant that the leaves are curling under, is this normal for the plant since it's in a pot?, if not what can I do, or should do?.....Thanks FarmerHarris.


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Answer from NGA
July 7, 2009

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Tomato plants adapt well to growing in containers so the leaf curling is not related. The exact cause of tomato leaf roll is not fully known. It appears about the time of fruit setting, and gives the leaves a cupped appearance. The condition appears to be more common on staked and pruned plants and occurs when excessive rainfall or overwatering keeps the soil wet for extended periods of time. It is also related to intensive sunlight which causes carbohydrates to accumulate in the leaves. Some varieties of tomatoes have characteristically curled leaves. There's really nothing you can or should do. Your plants should continue to produce fruit with or without curled leaves.

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