Vegetables and Fruit forum: tomato problems

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Name: lori Clark
United States (Zone 7b)
Apr 24, 2015 10:35 AM CST
I started my tomatoes from seed in the greenhouse. Now that I have planted them they are getting spindly. They still bloom, one is even putting on a tomato but they look like they are about to die. I have a raised bed and this happened last year so we improved our soil. Other veggies planted in the same soil grow normally. I can't figure it out unless it's drowning from all the rain.
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Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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Apr 24, 2015 2:00 PM CST
A lot of rain means cloudy days, and much less sunshine.
Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Apr 25, 2015 8:24 AM CST
@flowergirl737 -- Lori, welcome to All Things Plants!

Are your tomatoes in an area where they get "full sun" (when the sun is shining, anyway) ? How long have the plants been in the ground? They do look a little pale to me, and maybe like they've been overwatered a bit, but I think they will bounce back once the rain stops and the sun comes out. Does the soil in your raised bed drain well, so that it doesn't stay soggy? What part of the country are you in? When you planted them, was it just as deep as what they were in their pots, or did you bury part of the stem? (Burying them deeper than what they were will give them a much bigger root system and get them off to a better start.) I would say don't overthink it too much and try to do too much intervention at this point, give them a chance to adapt to their outdoor environment; but if you only recently put them out, and they were planted shallowly, you could consider gently taking them out and putting them into deeper planting holes. I hope this is somewhat helpful for you, and I imagine other people will be adding suggestions as well ! Smiling
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