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Jackpie
May 6, 2018 9:31 AM CST
Please help with my pitiful tomato starts!
The leaves are curling and turning yellow. I water them mostly regularly, bordering on overwatering.
This is the second year in a row that this has happened. I'm quite frustrated and would greatly appreciate any advice!
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
May 6, 2018 12:35 PM CST
Out grow there pots.
Not enough lite.
To much water, due to sm. pots.

Get them into ground outside.
If your going to container grow them, give each one a five gallon pot with drain holes.
If to early to go outside put outside in day, inside at nite, in larger pots.
Bury 90 percent of stem in soil, as stem will root.
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Name: Paula Benyei
NYC suburbs (Zone 6b)
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Turbosaurus
May 7, 2018 4:09 AM CST
tomatoes like hot weather, all day full hot sun, deep beds, consistent moisture-

They've outgrown their pots, for sure, so they are not getting consistent moisture- they're going very wet/very dry/very wet/very dry- they hate that.

they don't have enough light- if I spent a day in tomato happy sun i'd have to wear 50 sun block and sit under and umbrella to not end up fried to a crisp- but just like people, they have to be moved out gradually so they don't burn....

the thing is- if you ground is not warm yet or you get nights below 65 degrees and you plant them outside they're going to get stunted even worse-

if your ground is warm (which happens when your nights are warm) they can go outside- if not- bigger pots, brighter light is your only option.

so that I can get fruit early, I start my tomatoes early inside.. right now my tomatoes are in 10" pots 3" under two 96W compact florescents with high quality parabolic aluminum reflectors- that's how much light and root space for consistent moisture we're talking about. your overage 4' florescent bulb is 40 watts- I'm running 5x that in 1/2 the space...
If you want to get a jump on tomato season that's the only way to roll.

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Name: Paula Benyei
NYC suburbs (Zone 6b)
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Turbosaurus
May 13, 2018 8:19 PM CST
Its not to say you're doing it wrong, It's just having them inside early isn't going to get you fruit sooner, unless inside feels like July in the garden. Those tomato plants will be absolutely fine. Bury them deep when the ground is warm and nights stay over 60 degrees at an absolute minimum and they will grow and fruit absolutely fine- its just that they won't grow any better than a 4-5" seedling 6 pack you buy on June 1 for all the effort and cost of buying larger plants in bigger pots sooner.

There's a fabulously entertaining book called the $64 tomato. Its so much fun, I loved it. You're not alone, we've all done it. You will laugh out load reading it,



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