Removing Tomato Seeds For Planting

Removing Tomato Seeds For Planting

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Question by missSS: What causes the lower leaves of my tomato plants to turn yellow?
Hi, I have a “early girl” planted in a pot. My patio gets full sun for at least 8 hours a day, and I leave it overnight. I usually water it throughly in the early afternoon everyday since I bought it 2 weeks ago. there is two baby tomatoes now growing on one of the stems. should I reduce my watering to every other day instead?

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Answer by anita
You should water them early morning or late evening. If the temperature difference between the plant/soil and water is too big, the plant will suffer. Try not to spill water on the leaves. It should be ok that you water them on daily basis, as they are potted, I assume that the soil gets dry pretty quick.

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  1. There are several answers to this question.

    1. Leaf death: The lower leaves of the plant are the oldest (generally, tillering, or the addition of new stems/branches could change this). As leaves age, they become less photosynthetically active/efficient. At some point, many plants drop those leaves, while the plant continues to add other leaves. So this could be part of the “natural” cycle.

    2. Nutrient deficiency: Multiple nutrients, nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium, chlorine, etc., are “motile” within the plant, meaning the plant will shuttle the nutrients from one area to another. Many nutrient deficiencies are visible, first, in the lower leaves of the plant.

    3. Exposure: The lower leaves are located close to the soil surface and thus closest to pest invasion. Several insects damage/feed on lower leaves first, then work their way up, the same goes for rodent and disease issues.

    4. Shade: Often, on healthy plants, lower leaves receive less sunlight and fail to thrive.

    5. Over watering: often the damage from over watering is seen on lower leaves.

    To answer your question on watering. Usually watering less frequently, but more fully is the best option. Without knowing how much soil is in your pot, and thus how much water your tomato plant has access too, no one can accurately recommend the proper watering schedule for you.

    In my garden, I water once a week at most. It drives my wife crazy, but our garden produces a lot better under the proper irrigation schedule.

    Good luck and happy gardening

  2. Yeah I have the same problem with my Tomatoe plants. Both suggestion Answers are good.
    Another good tip is to try and water the base. I take the shower top of and water the base slighly, withour flooding them out. Make sure you have a good middle of the road plant food. I use miracle grow. It all depends on the weather. During summer I water them twice a days lightly.

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