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Name: Eenamole S
Southern California
eenamole
Jun 5, 2020 11:37 AM CST
My tomato plant has lots of fruits and is ripening but the leaves are turning yellow. What is happening?

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oneeyeluke
Jun 5, 2020 11:56 AM CST
It ran out of nutrients in the soil and now sucking them out of the leaves. I would just let them finish because it will be over soon. They'll all turn red by next week.
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Name: Eenamole S
Southern California
eenamole
Jun 5, 2020 11:58 AM CST
Does this mean the end for the plant after I harvest? Would adding fertilizer help?
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BigBill
Jun 5, 2020 12:57 PM CST
I think that what is at play here is heat stress. The heat stress may be leading to damage from insects. And from what I see, I do not think that your watering nearly enough.

Fertilizer is a good idea but you can over do it. I don't see signs of that here. I just fertilize all of my container tomatoes, cherries, plums and beefsteaks, three times a season. That is all!!! But my containers are 25 gallon plastic tubs. Three cherries in each tub. One tub for each Beefsteak. AND when I water, I water!!! I have a feeling that your plants need water often and the smallish container deprives them of some of that needed water.
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Name: Eenamole S
Southern California
eenamole
Jun 5, 2020 1:28 PM CST
Thank you! I will increase my watering.
Name: Big Bill
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BigBill
Jun 5, 2020 1:44 PM CST
Hey, you are welcome!
Good luck!🍀
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jun 5, 2020 2:33 PM CST
What kind of soil did you use in your pots? Have you added any fertilizer? If so, what and how much?

Have you stuck your hand down into the soil on hot days to see what the temperature down there is?

How and how much do you water?
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Name: Eenamole S
Southern California
eenamole
Jun 6, 2020 11:05 AM CST
I used standard organic raised bed potting mix. I water every other day. Daily when the temperatures are high. It does look like it is outgrowing the pot. I should've pruned early on.
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jun 6, 2020 5:20 PM CST
Did your organic soil have added nutrients? If not, have you fertilized?

Your tomato is suffering from a Phosphorous deficiency. If you haven't fertilized, I would suggest you find a well balanced fertilizer with micro nutrients. Use a slow release fertilizer or, mix what you have at half strength.

Pruning won't help unless you plan to pull it out of the pot and prune the roots also.

Keep an eye on soil temperatures. I don't think you have a watering problem or your tomatoes would be suffering from blossom end rot.
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