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Jun 5, 2011 07:11 PM

Shocked Tomatoes?

So, I have a considerable amount of roof deck space attached to my apartment, and I started a rooftop garden this year. Everything is growing in containers and I made sure they are all appropriately sized. Everything seems to be growing fine, but I am having a problem with my tomatoes. The plant is growing and there are buds and some small fruit, but the bottom seems shocked. The leaves yellowed and now it's spreading down the stems. I feel like I've been watering it an appropriate amount (once a day), but maybe not. The weird thing is that it's just the bottom and I feel like if it was a watering issue the top would be the first to go? It's in full sun.. Any other ideas of what might be going on? This is my first year gardening and I was really looking forward to fresh tomatoes!!

Thanks in advance!

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  1. Yours seems to be a common problem. These folk have experienced the same and the conclusion is that it doesn't affect production, and cutting off the yellowed leaves and branches may improve the tomatoes that do grow.

    1. Sometimes, if dirt splashes up on the leaves, it can cause yellowing. Just snip them off. Good luck! And Osmacote is great for fertilizing.

      1. It might be fusarium wilt. The older leaves turn yellow and droop downward. It's a common tomato fungus that affects the plant's vascular system. There are tomatoes that are bred to be resistant to it. If you have the label or seed packet, look to see if there's an "F" listed on it. It may be alone or with other initials. It indicates whether your variety is fusarium resistant.

        1. Early blight most likely....Over watering maybe

          1. I'm guessing you're over watering. I recommend removing the damaged leaves and branches. Then water thoroughly every few days: fill the container until the water reaches the top. Let it drain and repeat. Check the plant on the non-watering days. If they start wilting, water thoroughly. If not, they have enough water.