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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2012 8:07 pm    Post subject: Tomato leaves turning yellow and curling up Reply with quote

My tomato plant leaves are turning yellow and curling up. The varieties are "Suttons Tomato F1 Sweet 'n' Neat Seeds - Yellow" and "Suttons Tomato F1 Sweet 'n' Neat Seeds - Cherry Red". I am using John Innes number 2, which is moist, but no wet and weekly, I apply a low nitrogen fertilize. They are in a window which gets light most of the day.

My fist though was the tomato yellow leaf curl virus, but there is no sign of whiteflies. Anyway, I clean them carefully with a solution of baking soda, oil and water. However, they haven't improved anything at all.

I am sorry I know there are lots of treats about this, but only a couple have pictures, and the plants symptoms and conditions were different.



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2012 7:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe it's just the photo but the compost looks very dry. Tomatoes are thirsty plants. If the compost is as bone dry as it looks, dunk the whole pot in a bucket of water to saturate the compost right through. But be sure to let them fully drain afterwards, and not of a dish. How long have tghey been in that compost? If it is less than 6 weeks old then I don;t think you should need to feed them. Think about potting them on too if the roots are showing out the bottom of the pot. And I wouldn't go putting any chemicals on them.
When watering going forward, just sit them in a couple of incles of water for a couple of minutes and let them soak up water from the bottom. Then get used to telling when they need water bu feeling the weight of the pot. Hope it helps.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2012 2:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am going to do it with half of them and see if that's the problem. They have been there for 9 weeks and roots aren't showing yet.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2012 7:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think overfeeding is the problem coupled with dry compost. There is a very high salt concentration in the compost. Wash this out by adding water and allowing it to drain off. The plants will survive but they will grow rapidly once temperature and light improve.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2012 8:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Much appreciated. I will keep you posted on the process.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2012 12:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was in a garden centre recently and they had some tomato plants they were selling off very cheap - they were exactly like you have above, even a little worse. I couldnt resist them so I bought a few and brought them home. Compost was bone dry. After soaking them they have been thriving since. Hopefully that's all that is wrong with yours!
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 11, 2012 11:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Mariafp,

I agree with the others the compost is too dry, didn't know about the salt concentration in compost, Michael is always full of useful information.

I had this problem two years ago, I just kept them watered but not over watered. They will be fine.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2012 4:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

After only four days they look much better! Very Happy
Thank you again!
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2012 5:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

we want pictures! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2012 3:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quite small, but looking healthier!

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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2012 10:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow that's some transformation!
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2012 4:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have wee tomatoes! Very Happy


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2012 9:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

looking good..those tomatoes are huge compared to mine!!
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2012 12:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Holy moley, are they the same plants in just three weeks? What are you feeding them!? Fantastic
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2012 2:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

dormouse wrote:
Holy moley, are they the same plants in just three weeks? What are you feeding them!? Fantastic


Just water. I fed the plants in the beginning, but after follow Michale's advice, I didn't fed them again. They are "Tomato F1 Sweet 'n' Neat Seeds - Cherry Red" and "Tomato F1 Sweet 'n' Neat Seeds - Yellow".
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