Location: NorthEast Pennsylvania
Tomato plant purchased at Home Depot <--Maybe my first mistake
Not planted in ground
Tomato Type-BeefSteak (said to grow to one pound at maturity)
I have grown veggies in the past but just as a DIY hobbie. That was years ago when I had to room and time. Loving tomatoes I bought a tomato plant at the Home Depot about end of May when I figured no more frost threat. I did not plant it in the ground as really no place to put it and to keep "critters" from chewing on it. I have rabbits, ground hogs, deer and bear constantly in the yard. So figuring I can put in a planter that I can move around would be my best bet.
It is sitting in the sun all day. I come home, see the leaves are wilted and pour water on it. I dribble water on the leaves and then pour the rest into the soil around it. Doing this for weeks. Ok, maybe not such a good idea; why? because about 5 days ago I noticed that one or two tomatoes were starting to turn red but they were still very small. Let it go. Then today I said let me pick it and take it inside and see how it tastes even though it is very small still (about 2" in diameter). After picking it I noticed the bottom was rotten. Wow, what a disappointment!! Then I looked at another one that was just turning red and the same thing. Then I got down on my knees and look up from the bottom and saw that even the green ones (even the tiny green ones) were all rotten from almost midsection to bottom of the tomato. This is so on almost 50% of the tomatoes no matter what size they are.
I guess I over watered the plant maybe?
But when I saw that the plant was wilting I figured it needed water so I watered it each day.
Anyway to rescue this plant? Or should I just take the 26 mile trip to the Home Depot and buy another one and say the heck with this one? Should I move it in the shade for awhile? You can see by pics that the bottom leaves are all curled up and some dried out and brown. If I have to buy another one please let me know what not to do with the new one that I did wrong with this one.
Thanks for any advise on this
The "Tomato Lover" sitting here with his head down