Container Tomato Plants

Could you please identify this plant?

Zone Westhoughton, Bolton | Anonymous added on September 7, 2016 | Answered

The plant grew in the compost of a potted chili plant. It seems the seeds got blown into the pot and grew into this plant. The leaves look very similar to a tomato plant with soft hairs on the stem but they don't smell like tomato plant.

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Answered on September 8, 2016

This is most certainly a tomato plant. I certainly hope this is not garden soil in that pot. Using garden soil in pots, planters, atriums is contraindicated. Taking a scoop out of a larger ecosystem with set soil profiles, drainage and who knows what for soil organisms (beneficial, detrimental) to use in a pot. Soil in pots has to be sterilized potting soil that now also comes with mycorrhizae spores and beneficial microbes/bacteria. Never ever use any rock or gravel or insulating peas at the bottom of the pot. It should be full of just potting soil. Should have a drainage hole and the bottom of the pot should be raised off the surface with tiles or pot feet to enhance drainage. If using a saucer always dump excess water out. Always water deeply, thoroughly and allow the soil to dry before watering again. Tap water from city utilities should never be used.

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