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Leggy tomato plants? How to diagnose problem.

Posted: Sun Jul 20, 2014 6:36 pm
by saturdaysun
Hello,

I'm new to the forum...and new to any type of vegetable gardening. I decided to try growing container tomato plants this year (for some reason!). I'd been getting blossom drop, but now I've been seeing more tomatoes develop. However, I had someone tell me that the tomato plants were leggy, that they didn't like water. Then, another person said that they like moisture. An additional person suggested too much nitrogen. Now, I'm worried about fungus! Silly me: I'd thought that I would plant a tomato plant and it would grow the way it should!

Having absolutely no prior experience or knowledge, how do I diagnose a problem correctly? How do I know that the soil has the nutrients it needs? I'd planted them with earthworm castings, and I reapplied every two-three weeks, putting them on top of the soil, then watering until I saw water drain from the bottom.

I've got photos, but can't seem to upload them. Too large?

Re: Leggy tomato plants? How to diagnose problem.

Posted: Mon Jul 21, 2014 3:35 am
by Lindsaylew82
It would be very helpful if you added some information about where you live/what zone you're in.
What size pots are you using?
What type of tomato plant did you plant?
A picture is worth a thousand words! Getting your pics up and providing more information would be really the most helpful! :-()

Welcome to the forum!

Re: Leggy tomato plants? How to diagnose problem.

Posted: Mon Jul 21, 2014 3:18 pm
by rainbowgardener
I have the same trouble with my photos, it always tells me they are too large. You can get a free photobucket account and upload them there and then copy the code photobucket gives you into here.

A picture would really help. In the meantime, what size container are they in? One tomato plant needs at least a 5 gallon bucket size contain, preferably more like twice that.

But "legginess" usually has to do with not enough sun light. Is this on a balcony or something? How many hours a day of direct sun does it get?

what you are hoping for would look like this:

Image
https://s1.hubimg.com/u/6129002_f496.jpg

leggy tomato plants have long intermodal (stem) spaces between the leaf branches, more like this:

Image
https://www.seedparade.co.uk/news/wp-con ... in-pot.jpg

Re: Leggy tomato plants? How to diagnose problem.

Posted: Mon Jul 21, 2014 4:25 pm
by Lindsaylew82
Some cultivars are leggy by nature. Cherries, grapes, and small fruiting tomatoes are almost always leggy. Some of my heirloom pastes are leggy AND wispy/curly. Green sausage is like that.

Re: Leggy tomato plants? How to diagnose problem.

Posted: Mon Jul 21, 2014 5:59 pm
by applestar
Quick OT comment about picture file size --

MOST photos benefit from cropping the frame down to essentials. This also automatically reduces the file size.

Here's the collage app I've been using. It crops and arranges.

PicPlayPost by Flambe Studios LLC
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/picplay ... 27541?mt=8

These are resizing apps I use when necessary:

Simple Resize by tekunodo.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/simple- ... 76379?mt=8

(My daughter prefers this one)

Simple Camera by plenty.kr
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/simple- ... 44219?mt=8