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May 24, 2020 2:19 AM CST
|Hello everyone, I am very new to gardening, I was just wondering what is happening to my tomato plant and how I can help it, thank you in advance for your help
May 24, 2020 7:51 AM CST
|Perhaps a little transplant shock?
Fertilizer? Are those blue things a slow release fertilizer? If so, it could be fertilizer burn on the leaves.
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May 25, 2020 9:56 AM CST
It looks a little stressed, but not really in serious danger. Over fertilization is possible. Or, maybe you recently moved it from a shady coddled spot in a nursery to the windy, sunny outdoors? This would be a typical reaction to something like that.
Don't over-water it. Don't give it more fertilizer. Don't yank it out of the pot and try to fix anything.
Make sure the soil isn't getting completely dry, maybe move it somewhere protected, or with shade in the middle of the day for a while, and let it settle in for a few days. Check back if it looks worse rather than better in a week. The yellowed, curled spots won't really recover, but they should stop getting bigger, and it should grow new leaves.
Do you see the little round buds near the top? Those are going to be flowers. Pinch them off for now and let the plant focus on growing and getting strong. Once it looks sturdy and happy leave the flowers on for fruit.
A very common new-gardener mistake is over watering. The roots need air as well as water. Don't drown it thinking it will help. If it starts wilting over and the soil isn't, like, completely crunchy dry, it's probably over watered.
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