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Q.Help! Over Fertilized Tomatoes

Zone Midlothian 76065 Zone 8 | bizzybeejen added on July 7, 2020 | Answered

I think I over fertilized my tomatoes. I used fox farms tomato fertilizer. It said 1/2 cup per plant. I have two plants in this container. But I think it was too much. The leaves were curled and brown after 48 hours. I read to trim the brown leaves off. (I did this but then remembered you aren’t supposed to print determinate tomato plants?) It said to flush the soil thoroughly but how so I do that without drowning my plants and causing root rot? I am including photos. (By the way- I also applied fertilome yield booster spray to the leaves because my other plants had blossom end rot and I decided to treat them all. But the curled leaves appeared before that could have effected them) I know- I don’t know what I’m doing.?eek! Anything I can do to keep my plants from dying or

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Answered on July 7, 2020

They are likely overcrowded, overfed, AND overwatered. Unfortunately, if the container does not have a way to let water drain out, freely, then infections are likely.

It is hard to correct issues with these parameters, but knowing what to do in the future will be your best defense.

Make sure that you choose a container that is, at least, that size for a single plant. Make sure that it contains plenty of drainage holes to allow all extra water out. Make sure to, only, feed when a soil test confirms that there are nutrients lacking, and only feed with the exact nutrients that are lacking.

At this time, you will be at the mercy of whatever happens. In the future, you can be better prepared by reading this comprehensive article and its links within:


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Answered on July 7, 2020

Thank you. Yes, I was clueless about the size these plants would grow into. You know, they look so little when you buy them. ?
I will be way better prepared next year! Thanks for the advice and the article. Have a great one!

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