Growing Your Own Food

Growing Your Own Food

Planting seeds indoors. Grow herbs inside. Prepare for spring by planting tomato seeds indoors for planting in your vegetable garden in early spring.
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Question by dvds: why are my tomato plants wilting and dying?
The tomatoes on the plants have mold on the bottom. The tomatoes are the size of grapes. the leaves and stems have been wilting and dying for the past 5 days. before that they were doing great. I haven’t been doing anything different. I always water them in the morning when the soil is almost entirely dry. They are in really really big pots on a balcony. please respond as soon as possible. thanks
The name of the varieties I am growing are red zebra, pineapple, and patio.

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Answer by MARK
If you’re watering them everyday, you’re over watering them.

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  1. Looking good. Lucky you! We’re not far from you but our home is anti-solar
    aligned with nothing south facing. I think that you’ll be planting out a
    good month early this spring – given that we’ve been 3.5 to 4.5C above
    average every winter month.

  2. You’re over watering them. once the plant buds fruit you need to cut back on the water so it will use what it has to grow the fruit and not the plant. if it has enough sun then the water wont sit and rot the bottom. if that doesn’t work it might already be too late. if the leaves have spots you might have tomato spotted leaf virus. though it sounds like you could have a fungus since this is happening so quickly. possibly verticillium. i would google both tomato spotted leaf virus, verticillium and crown rot and see what pics look closest to your plants.

  3. It sounds like you have Blossom end rot. It’s caused by an inability to extract calcium from the soil usually because the ph is too acidic. Adding some hydrated lime to the soil will moderate the ph but your plants might already be past the point of recovery. Also be sure that the soil doesn’t dry out completely but if you have to water every day your pots may be too small. Major fluctuations in wetness and dryness are always problematic with tomatoes.

  4. Mold is a sign of over watering!! Your drowning them!!

  5. it is blossom end rot, they have a spray for it in the garden stores. add calcium to your soil next year.

  6. Tomatoes are very sensitive to damp conditions and in humid weather or drizzly rain they often get tomato blight. Do yours have brownish blotches on the fruits and leaves? Tomato blight is caused by fungal spores carried on the wind which infect tomato plants when the foliage and fruit is damp. I’m afraid there’s nothing you can do about it, it spreads very rapidly and the fruit won’t be any good. Very disappointing.

    Next year, you may find you avoid it if you can keep the plants dry, ie under cover. I grow mine under an overhanging porch roof. Always water the soil, never the leaves. Prune out the large leaves at the base of the plants once the bottom trusses have set, to increase airflow and ventilation, again to help keep the foliage and fruit dry. don’t crowd them together, each plant should grow separate from the next, so no leaves touch.

    P.S (Edit) doesn’t sound like blossom end rot to me. With this you get hard black patches on the end of the fruits and you don’t say anything about this.

    If the soil is ‘almost entirely dry’ each day by the time you water them it sounds as if they’re in too small pots. Tomatoes grow to be really big plants and each one needs a separate pot at least the capacity of half a large bag of compost. Also you can try putting the base of the pots in saucers of water about 2ins deep. The water will run through the dry compost, fill the saucers, and the plants can draw on it and gradually soak it up when needed.

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