Cherry Tomatoes
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Cherry tomato plant exposed to house fire

Zone 21040 | Mellyjo173 added on July 14, 2016 | Answered

I live in a townhouse community. I have a cherry tomato plant growing in a pot on my back deck. So far it has produced a couple of bunches of tomatoes. They are still small and green. 2 weeks ago our next door neighbor's house caught fire. The back end of her house was in flames and burned quite badly. My tomato plant was exposed to the intense heat from the fire and the smoke. The leaves became brown and wilted. A couple of the smaller stems look blackened. I have watered it. Some of the green has come back. I'm wondering if the plant is salvageable. Will the tomatoes be safe to eat if they do continue to grow and ripen? Or should we not if they've been exposed to such smoke? Some of the blossoms that were starting to come in died and couldn't be saved. But it looks like I have a branch that may be starting to produce new blossoms.

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Downtoearthdigs
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Answered on July 14, 2016

Trim away any dead or damaged plant material.
Give the plant a fertilizer application to help encourage new leafing.
Wait and see!

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