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May 12, 2020 11:56 AM CST
Ontario Burlington
Hello,

I'm a beginner to planting.

A few days ago I planted some tomatoes, green beans , basil, parsley and Chili. However yesterday I put some fertilizer and this morning i found that my green beans, tomato and basil are completely dead.

I cut off all the dead parts which was basically the whole plant, watered the soil as well.

Would this have happened from the fertilizer? What should I do ? Is it best to replant and start over ?
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May 13, 2020 2:57 AM CST
Name: one-eye-luke US.Vet.
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FERTILIZER IS NOT FOOD. More people misuse fertilizer not knowing about the burn it can cause. Had you known, of course you wouldn't have used it, and it's a shame that the marketers can, and do, market fertilizers as food. Extra fertilizer doesn't mean more growth, or faster growth, and using it in most cases will do more harm than good. When you pour a liquid fertilizer or add too much granules to the ground it can have an effect on the pH. That will cause other nutrients to be locked out. When the pH swings in either way a few points the plant suffers.

I'd just leave the plants you have in the ground and go and buy some more and plant them in different spots. If you amend your soil with organic amendments they are slower and safer in the long run. Good luck
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May 13, 2020 4:19 AM CST
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That looks like cold damage! Exactly how cold has it been up there recently!!!
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May 13, 2020 4:32 AM CST
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Yep, that is definitely cold damage. I would wait awhile until after the last frost.
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May 13, 2020 6:05 AM CST
Name: stone
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danasalam said:Hello,

I'm a beginner to planting.

A few days ago I planted some tomatoes, green beans , basil, parsley and Chili. However yesterday I put some fertilizer and this morning i found that my green beans, tomato and basil are completely dead.

I cut off all the dead parts which was basically the whole plant, watered the soil as well.

Would this have happened from the fertilizer? What should I do ? Is it best to replant and start over ?


Next time avoid this chopping up the plant.
It is informative how the plant continues.

If the plants were frosted, (and it would have been a light frost) they usually pull out of it with a slight burn on the edges of a few leaves... having chopped the plants up... they are going to have a much more difficult time dealing with that!

If it was chemical burn... the plants woulda probaly gone ahead and bit the dust... but again, need the entire plant left to verify.

Now that you cut them down, you may as well re-plant.

And... I agree about fertilizing with compost or other natural soil building resources.

Those chemicals just break the soil down faster.
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