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Name: Anya
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Achantal
May 5, 2020 10:39 AM CST
So happy I have this community for help. I've successfully grown established cherry tomato plants in patio pots before, but this year I'm working with seedlings purchased from a nursery. 4 days ago I transferred the youngest ("regular" cherry tomatoes) into 4-inch plastic pots and a more established one (Bonnie Husky) into a 10-gallon plastic container with two small basil plants. I live in NYC (zone 7b) and these receive full sun on my south-facing fire escape. I bring the 2 smaller ones in at night but keep the Husky out and cover it with a plastic pot saucer when the temp drops close to or below 50 (last night it dropped to 46). The pot saucer is a tight fit but doesn't cramp the plant.

Now all 3 plants now have a few brown, curled and/or "chewed on" (?) leaves, though the rest of the plant looks healthy (to my untrained eye). At first, I thought this might be transplant shock, but now I'm worried it's something else. I water daily and the soil isn't soggy or too dry.

The first 2 pics are the smaller seedlings, the third is the Husky. Any idea what's going on? Grateful for any input and advice. Thank you!

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Name: Lynda Horn
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May 5, 2020 10:49 AM CST
I'm thinking this looks like some kind of mechanical damage. Young leaves are more prone to this kind of damage. When you were covering them this could have caused the damage.
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BigBill
May 5, 2020 11:04 AM CST
I think that your plants look pretty good. But in your images they look a little dry. And when they dry, the lower leaves typically suffer first!
Try to keep them evenly moist.

I grow three cherry tomatoes in a plastic planter that is 18" wide by at least 16" deep. This is my 3rd year here. I have a 28 degree morning in the forecast for Saturday morning. I'll put them out after that. I use Miracle Grow potting soil, the regular blend, not moisture retaining. They do so great in it. I keep them moist, not soggy by any means, but they rarely go dry.
They normally do not lose leaves until they are so lush, so dense, that these leaves possibly are being shaded by their sheer number.
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May 5, 2020 11:05 AM CST
As long as the new leaves are growing nicely, you don't have a problem.
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Name: Anya
Brooklyn, NY (Zone 7b)
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Achantal
May 5, 2020 11:29 AM CST
DaisyI said:As long as the new leaves are growing nicely, you don't have a problem.


Thank you!
Name: Anya
Brooklyn, NY (Zone 7b)
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Achantal
May 5, 2020 11:29 AM CST
Thank you!
Name: Anya
Brooklyn, NY (Zone 7b)
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Achantal
May 5, 2020 11:30 AM CST
Thank you for your insights, everyone!

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