Tomato plants - Knowledgebase Question

Homestead, Fl
Question by stevhu3
May 14, 2010
I planted 6 plants but have a problem. Some of the tips are wilting and dying. Can you help me.

Answer from NGA
May 14, 2010


I'm not sure I can diagnose the problem without seeing the plants. If they are all showing the same symptoms, the cause is most likely cultural or environmental rather than a disease. Diseased tomato plants are usually singular, but the disease can spread to the others, it just takes them longer to show symptoms and each would exhibit symptoms in varying degrees. So, let's assume that the problem is weather related (scorch, frost, etc.), or some kind of a water stress (too much/too little). If you recently planted the tomatoes they may simply be showing signs of transplant stress. If they were growing in a shaded area and you planted them in a sunny spot, the topmost leaves can burn. Eventually the plants will adjust and the new leaves they develop will be healthy. Water stress can show up as wilted leaf tips, as can fertilizer burn. At this point, withhold fertilizers and water as often as necessary to keep the soil moist, but not soggy wet. Tomato plants usually need about an inch of water a week, applied slowly so it soaks deeply into the soil. Wait a few days after watering and stick your finger down into the soil. If it is still moist one inch below the surface you won't need to water for a few more days; if it feels dry, it's time to water. I hope this information is helpful.

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