Topsy Turvy Tomato

Tomato Plant Trouble


Anonymous added on August 10, 2011 | Answered

I have planted 3 tomato plants (5 to 6 months ago) hanging upside down in plastice buckets. The plants have grown very long, but w/lots of brown leaves on them and have never given any fruit. They are in direct sun in south Fl. (Ft Lauderdale area) and get watered when it rains (almost every day this time of the year) or when I feel the soil is dry. Can I cut the plant back at the main trunk to have it keep growing or start with new plants? I used MIRACLE GROW vegetable soil. What an I doing wrong?


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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Answered on August 11, 2011

In your part of the country, the plants may need to be watered twice a day and they need to be watered deeply to make sure the water gets to the root system. While you used Miracle Grow soil, a heavy feeding plant like a tomato may have depleted the nutrients quickly. We recommend using a water based fertilizer like Miracle Grow or a slow release fertilizer like Osmocote.

Cutting the main trunk will most likely kill the plant, but if you just cut off the dead leaves and branches, then you should see new branches grow.

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