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Jul 5, 2012 11:59 AM

upside down planter tomato dying!

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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  1. Anyone smoke around the plant?

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

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    1. re: Alan408

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

    2. 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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      1. re: mpalmer6c

        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. 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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        1. re: jmcarthur8

          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. 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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          1. re: DonShirer

            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. Sounds like it might be fusarium wilt.