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[Tomato Dirt #177] Beware of These 5 Tomato Problems in New Tomato Plants
May 23, 2019

Tomato Dirt Newsletter
Volume 9, Number 11

Dear Tomato Dirt reader,

Welcome back to Tomato Dirt! A couple times a month, we’ll send you this newsletter packed with tips about growing tomatoes and using them.

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FEATURE: Beware of These 5 Tomato Problems in New Tomato Plants

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Once your tomato plants are in their new homes in the garden, your work is not over. Take the time at least once or twice a day to check for these 5 warning signs that can indicate a tomato problem.

Chopped stems
Cutworms gobble up stems of newly-planted tomato seedlings, usually at night, cutting off seedlings at the soil line. But you can keep away cutworm larvae when you place collars around tomatoes as you set them in the garden (here’s how.)

Missing or chopped leaves
Chances are you’ll see the effects of the tomato hornworm before you find the culprit itself. Hornworms like to hide on the undersides of lower remaining leaves and munch their way through several meals, often in the dark of the night.

Wilted, dropped leaves
Aphids are among the earliest tomato snackers in the garden. These tiny (less than 1/8” long) pests attack the tip of the stems and the leaves, sucking out plant sap. Affected plants may wilt, drop leaves, or have yellowing leaves. Take these steps to get rid of aphids.

Too many healthy leaves
Huh – this is a problem? Yes, if your tomato plant is tall, extremely dark green, overflowing with leafy growth but has few to no blossoms. Chances are good that you’ve inadvertently used a fertilizer with too much nitrogen, which is known to promote leaf growth. Use a fertilizer balanced for tomatoes instead. Phosphorus (the second number in the N-P-K ratio) encourages flowering, and therefore fruiting. Once a tomato plant starts flowering, it needs a higher ratio of potassium (the third number in the N-P-K ratio).

Yellowed leaves near the base of the plant
Lower leaves on newly-planted tomatoes may naturally yellow and drop in response to transplant shock. But yellowing leaves can be a sign of different kinds of blight. Reduce onset or even keep it at bay with a fungicide regimen.

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Tomato Growing Tip: Check Plants Daily for Pests

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More Tomato Problems to Watch For

How to Identify Tomato Problems and Prevent ThemAre You Watering Tomatoes Enough?Blossom End Rot: How to Identify, Treat, and Prevent ItHow to Identify Tomato Pests and Control Them

That’s it for now. More next time.

Until then, happy gardening!

Kathy with Tomato Dirt
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