ashleyaoki
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tomatoe plants drooping and stem stalk at dirt is thin

My tomatoe plants have been growing indoors for 4-5 weeks. Their leaves are green and purple as I would expect. However their stem stalks are strong thick with hairs BUT where they meet the dirt are very thin and look withered. Some of them are starting to droop. What did i do wrong? I will past some pictures soon.

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Sounds like perhaps damping off, a fungal condition.

Here's a thread I recently did about it, that has links to some pictures of what it looks like

https://www.helpfulgardener.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=256571#256571
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sounds like you nailed it!

we thought it may have been overwatering and keeping it covered too long. It looks like that was it. Thanks so much for your help.

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Yes, both of those things are conducive to the fungus problem.

Unfortunately damping off can be prevented, with good air circulation, being very careful with water, and putting a bit of cinnamon and/or chamomile (natural anti-fungals) in the water you water with. It can't that I know of be cured. Once the stems are pinched in like that, those plants are probably goners.
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thanks again one more question ...

do we need to replace the dirt? I assume we cannot reuse the dirt which caused this? Also Can you break off the stem above the pinched color and replant? I have done that with healthy plants before. I think I will try it and report back.

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