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tingyv
May 28, 2017 9:38 AM CST
Hi all,

My friend gave me a small tomato plant about two weeks ago. It looked healthy at first. I am a newbie to plants and didn't know tomato plants need a lot of water so I did not water it for two days (the soil was still a bit moist, not completely dry). I haven't planted it into a pot so it's still in its original plastic planter and I put it next to the window as you see in the picture. It looked very dry/burnt after the two days (in the picture with more branches) so since then I added water to it every day to keep the soil very moist. Some of the bottle branches fell off and I also cut some because they looked dead. Now (another picture with only top branches and the one focus on the top leaves) new leaves are growing on top but some of the leaf tips look burnt. Also, I noticed that tehre are some tiny holes in some of the new leaves. I'm just wondering if it looked dry/burnt before because there wasn't enough water or if there's some kind of virus and what I could do to save it. I'm planning to transfer it to a large pot in the garden or in the ground but want to make sure it doesn't have any virus first, otherwise it may spread to other plants.

Thank you so much,
Victoria
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DaisyI
May 28, 2017 7:40 PM CST
Your tomato is trying really, really hard to survive but you aren't making it easy. That plant is HUGE and that pot is tiny (visulize the letters in tiny in 4 font). The only thing wrong with your tomato is lack of space. Setting the tiny pot in the big bucket does not make up for this. The leaves of your plant can't sustain themselves without a good healthy root system.

Plant it! NOW! In a big pot (at least 5 gallons, more is better) with drain holes, or in the ground. Plant it deep - plant the entire bare stem (the stem will grow roots and the plant will be healthier).
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Weedwhacker
May 28, 2017 9:59 PM CST
Welcome to NGA, @tingyv .

I agree with Daisy -- the plant definitely needs a much bigger pot. Depending on where you are located (as in, the nighttime temps aren't going down near freezing at this point), it would probably be happier outdoors if that's a possibility; however, if you do put it outside, put it in a spot where it won't be exposed to direct sun for the whole day at first, to let it acclimate. If you need to keep it indoors, be sure to rotate the pot regularly so the whole plant is getting sun exposure. Smiling
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tingyv
May 29, 2017 8:41 AM CST
@Weedwhacker @DaisyI

Thank you both for your reply. I hadn't gone home in two weeks that's why I couldn't plant it right away but I've just planted it in a giant pot outdoor now. I was just afraid that it had some virus that was causing the leaves to curl and darken. Hopefully it'll be a lot better now Smiling
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