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upside down planter tomato dying!

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arjunsr Jul 5, 2012 11:59 AM

it had been doing great when i first planted it. then we had a stretch of really hot days killed off one branch. it hasn't grown at all since and now another is wilting/browning. is there anyway i can save it? i've been watering daily during the hotter days, every other day otherwise. TIA

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    Alan408 RE: arjunsr Jul 5, 2012 12:15 PM

    Anyone smoke around the plant?

    Tomatoes do not like Cigarette smoke nor the fingers that touch a cigarette

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      arjunsr RE: Alan408 Jul 8, 2012 10:09 PM

      no smoke at all. i don't/nor neighbors

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      mpalmer6c RE: arjunsr Jul 6, 2012 11:14 PM

      A lot of watering may help, but this is what usually
      This usually happens with gimmick plants and growing
      methods. I know from personal experience.
      Next year, stick with a local nursery or a
      catalog such as Burpee or Park, and grow right-side-up. If
      you're limited to containers, consider cherry tomatoes. Good luck.

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        arjunsr RE: mpalmer6c Jul 8, 2012 10:10 PM

        figured, it was a cheap investment, if it worked it'd be cool. otherwise, nothing lost. i'd just hope there was something that could save it.

      2. jmcarthur8 RE: arjunsr Jul 7, 2012 01:49 PM

        Can you replant it into a big pot or in the ground? It would be much happier there, and the roots would stay cooler.
        This hot weather is stressful on tomatoes in the best of conditions!

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          arjunsr RE: jmcarthur8 Jul 8, 2012 10:12 PM

          i'm in an apt, my balcony is the only place i can grow them. the balcony tiles get up to 170 degrees (thanks ir thermometer!) so i don't think it'd do better there.

          thanks for all the replies. i'll water it daily and see what happens.

        2. DonShirer RE: arjunsr Jul 10, 2012 04:36 PM

          I grew TopsyTurvy tomatoes for several years just for their value to start conversations, but don't bother anymore since yields were never satisfactory.

          For tomatoes you can grow in a medium-sized container, you might want to investigate the products of the ongoing dwarf tomato project. Some varieties are already in commercial release at Heritage Tomato Seeds, Victory Seeds, Tomato Growers Supply, Gleckler Seedmen and I think maybe Tomatoville. I'm growing Tasmanian Chocolate this year, and just spotted the first green fruits.

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            pine time RE: DonShirer Jul 15, 2012 12:23 PM

            I also had no luck with the Topsy Turvys last year- planted the same variety in the ground, and they produced beautifully. Gave up on the "gee, this sounds different" planting ideas! Just harvested my 3rd batch this morning.

          2. 1POINT21GW RE: arjunsr Jul 11, 2012 10:40 AM

            Sounds like it might be fusarium wilt.

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