What's wrong with my tomato plants?

Discussion in 'Garden Tips And Talk' started by ladyfish50, Jun 17, 2006.

  1. ladyfish50

    ladyfish50 New Member

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    I've got 3 Better Bush tomatoes, & 1 Better Boy plant. They're all about 5 feet tall; thick & bushy & loaded w/green tomatoes. In fact I picked a few small "pink" ones this morning. But, 2 of the Better Bush plants have started getting yellow leaves. At first, they would yellow & then turn brown & dry. But now they're just yellow. I did just fertilize them 2 days ago w/fish emulsion out of my aquarium filters. And there's granulated tomato food that I put in the ground when I planted them. I noticed a few days ago, that when I was working around the plants, there were these tiny, tiny white bugs...smaller than gnats. I sprayed the plants the next day, in case this is what's causing it. I've heard that you can get a virus in the soil; wondering if this is it. Any input would be appreciated. Thanks!
     
  2. trfoster

    trfoster New Member

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    WELL BACTERIA IN THE SOIL COULD BE THE CAUSE BUT BE SURE YOUR NOT OVER WATERING THEM ALSO OR MAKE SURE THAT THEY HAVE GOOD DRAINAGE, PLANT BEING FLOODED WITH WATER WITH POOR DRAINAGE CAN CAUSE ROOT ROT.MAY HAVE OVER FERTILIZED ALSO. TRY REPLANTING THEM IN NEW SOIL WITH NO FERTILIZER AND SEE IF IT HELPS. DONT WORRY IF THEY WILT DOWN AT FIRST AFTER REPLANTING JUST WATER A LITTLE AT FIRST AND THEN EARLY MORNING OR LATE EVENING.THEY SHOULD COME BACK OK AND ACTUALLY THE STRESS WILL DO THEM GOOD IN THE LONG RUN. FOR THE BUGGS TRY THE ORTHOS SEVREN DUST ON THE GROUND AROUND THE PLANTS. GOOD LUCK!:smile2:
     

  3. FishMan

    FishMan New Member

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    at times the yellowing leaf can be a sign of to much water but this would be out of place for a tomato plant, as it is only going on with some plants and others are ok I would say you have the begining of a bug problem. Here in Tennessee A good application of SEVEN DUST could head off your problem.
     
  4. samh

    samh New Member

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    we get what we call fire blight in our 'maters sometimes. The leaves will turn brown and die from the bottom of the plant up. If you catch it quick enough a good fungicide will help.
     
  5. ladyfish50

    ladyfish50 New Member

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    Thanks for the input. I'm gonna post some pics, as soon as my husband gets them downloaded, so you can get a look at em. But I will try the sevin dust; sure won't hurt anything!
     
  6. kevhead56

    kevhead56 New Member

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    Sounds like you might have spider mites. They like hot, dry conditions usually. Here in Illinois they were bad last year. They are hard on the soybeans but took a real toll on peoples tomatoes. They will turn yellow then brown and dry up.
     
  7. river scum

    river scum New Member

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    i have the same guesses others mentioned. i hope you get it figured out! shoot my maters up way here are only a foot tall. lol
     
  8. Hootowlc3

    Hootowlc3 New Member

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    Try here http://gardening.about.com/gi/dynam...on.edu/factsheets/Graphics/tomdis/eblight.htm
     
  9. Catgirl

    Catgirl New Member

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    These fellows sure are helpful, even almost two years later :wink:.

    Have you planted your tomatoes for this year Roxie? Hope you don't have any trouble with 'em sis.
     
  10. Catgirl

    Catgirl New Member

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    AHA! I thought I had read something about you buying tomato plants somewhere on here!

    www.catfish1.com/forums/showthread.php?t=71037

    Better Boy, Beefmaster, Celebrity and JS2000.....just read on that thread that you chose a different spot to plant them in this year.

    How are they getting along?
     
  11. ladyfish50

    ladyfish50 New Member

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    Well, thanks guys for bringing this one back up to the top!! Yes, they are in the ground in a new spot. After the first week, a few of them started getting yellow leaves, so I did a little research. Decided to give them a good liquid fertilizing & some epsom salt; they have really greened back up!(Hope I don't jinx them!) In fact, just today, I went out & pinched back some of the "suckers" on them; I want them to get a little sturdier before they start branching out. But so far, things are looking good.
    And Catgirl, I just got my second issue of the Living the Country Life; thanks again for telling me about that one. I love it!!
     
  12. JERMSQUIRM

    JERMSQUIRM New Member

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    i was gonna say. i just planted mine today:eek:oooh:


    and i grow roma. i never ate em growing up and still dont on sandwitches ect.. i grow tomatoes for salsa only. and found two years ago that romas are more beefier. its the gel i cant get past. yuck. ive put a better goy in a huge pot for my wife on the deck. she likes em. i wont eat em on a salad. if there chopped small i will eat em on tacos. the romas i dont have that prob with.
     
  13. ozzy

    ozzy New Member

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    I got mine in pots and been using miracle grow for maters and they have been growing like weeds. I have some cherrys already coloring. I talked to the nursury about calcium powder and he told me las vegas water has to much in its water already. I think hes right as I use lime away all the time on my shower and sink. My peppers are jamming also. I just might be a balcony farmer after all. :big_smile:
     
  14. Sigmar

    Sigmar New Member

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    I'm having the same problem Roxie. The leaves are yellowing from the bottom up. My plants are in huge pots, thinking I may need to transplant them in the ground.
     
  15. CoonX

    CoonX Member

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    Sigmar, get some Epsom Salts. Magnesium Sulfate.
     
  16. CountryHart

    CountryHart New Member

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    I put a snort of this under every plant and add more periodically.
     
  17. Netmanjack

    Netmanjack New Member

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    Thanks for the lead guys. I did a search and found some good information to share about this Epsom Salts practice. I don't have any of the problems described, but would like to extend fruit development. :big_smile:
    http://www.doityourself.com/stry/fertilizeepsomsalts
     
  18. CoonX

    CoonX Member

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    Jack, thanks for that link. I never would've thought about using as a foliar spray or on the roses. I've always added it to the planting hole as it was planted.
     
  19. MRR

    MRR New Member

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    Have never used E Salt as a plant boaster but guess I'm gonna have to gve it a try. Thanks everyone for the great information.Gonna try it on the Roses.Don't have no tomatoes planted.:sad2:
     
  20. Netmanjack

    Netmanjack New Member

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    NO TOMATOES!!!! :crazy::crazy::crazy::eek:oooh::eek:oooh::eek:oooh:LOL