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Jun 28, 2017 6:00 PM CST
|I live in Middle Georgia. I started a few tomato plants and all are dying with the same issue.
1. I use peatmoss/coco coir/perlite and compost as a soil medium.
2. All my tomato plants seem to have the same issue. Even if I put some new ones out with the other ones, within 2 weeks they show the same issue. I start them inside from seed and some I bought from local nursery. They are fine until I put them outside.
3. They are being grown mostly in 5 gallon buckets. All container plants.
I am attaching a pic of one. Any help would be much appreciated.
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Jun 30, 2017 7:58 PM CST
|Vermiculite, instead of coco coir.
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
Jun 30, 2017 8:02 PM CST
|I have to disagree. I have grown tomatoes in a coir based medium, and had great results, but only for one season. Reusing it the next year, even with added fertilizer didn't work so well.|
Name: Paul Fish
Brownville, Nebraska (Zone 5b)
Jun 30, 2017 9:24 PM CST
|My suggestion is that you have a bacterial spot. I would suspect it may be coming from the compost and if you water and splash water and the growing medium up onto the lower leaves the bacteria will transfer to your tomatoes. Even in containers you need a barrier between the soil and the leaves. Mulch is the answer and gently watering at the base will help.
Remove the infected leaves and any that are in contact with the growing medium. It may also be early blight but the same conditions apply. Good air flow also will help delay the diseases.
Jun 30, 2017 9:27 PM CST
|Welcome to NGA, @Andywhitaker .
Where did the compost for your mix come from? Are you adding any additional fertilizer?
excellent advice from Paul, above.
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