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Name: Nathan
Riverside, CA (Zone 9b)
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DerErlkoenig
Apr 21, 2018 5:03 PM CST
I am in zone 9b, and have planted a 'Celebrity' tomato in a 15-gallon fabric root pot. It has been growing quickly, and is beginning to flower, but it seems like it's drooping a great deal, and I do not know why. I check the water level of the pot daily, watering when the soil 1' down is dry, and it gets a good amount of light daily. Nightly temperatures have been dropping below 50º for the past couple of days, but I have brought it inside at dusk and have taken it back outside as soon as the temperature is the same as my indoor temperature every morning (to avoid massive temperature shifts), but it is still looking very droopy. (Photos 1 and 2) I used Black Magic potting medium, which stated that I did not need to fertilize for 6 months, and it has only been growing for about 1 month. Daytime temperatures have been ranging from 70º to 80º, and he grows close to the side of the house where it is protected against wind. (Photo 3) The leaves do not look crispy or spotted except one (Photo 4), and the stems do not seem to have any bore holes that I can find. What is wrong? This tomato is supposed to be resistant against V, F 1 and 2, nemotodes, and TMV. Am I just paranoid? Please help if you can Sad
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Apr 21, 2018 6:45 PM CST
Welcome!

Yes, you are being paranoid. Smiling

Stop lugging it in and out. The temperatures are fine for your tomato, especially in a protected area. But, the continuous shifting of the soil (as you lug it in and out) is probably playing havoc with the roots.

The fertilizer in the soil may not last 6 months as tomatoes are heavy feeders. When it starts yellowing a wee bit, fertilize but as its in a container, mix the fertilizer at 1/2 strength with a well balanced fertilizer formulated for tomato plants.

If you are growing in a container and using commercially produced soil, you needed worry about all those letters and numbers behind the name - the bagged soil is clean.

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Name: Nathan
Riverside, CA (Zone 9b)
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DerErlkoenig
Apr 21, 2018 7:10 PM CST
@daisyl Thank you!! I will stop shifting it, and it's so nice to hear from someone else that it's fine. (I know from /research/ that soil should be clean etc, but it's totally different hearing it from another person). I appreciate your swift response!
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Apr 21, 2018 8:07 PM CST
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Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

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