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Q.why does my tomato plant look dead? many tomatoes left on the plant but the leaves are all dead

Zone 02330 | carvercat added on July 21, 2019 | Answered

Plant looks dead but many tomatoes still on the plant, planted in a large pot on te porch

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Answered on July 22, 2019

Unfortunately, there are quite a few causes for this. With limited information and without seeing the damage, I can only guess.

Bacterial/viral infections can cause this, and is most common with overwatering. Tomatoes need to dry out some between watering. At least 2 or 3 inches below the soil should be completely dry before watering again.

Many nutrient deficiencies can cause leaf drop, as well. It could be that the the plant has used up all of the nutrients available.

Last, it could have received a shock of heat, or dried out completely before being watered. This can cause significant leaf drop.

These two articles will help:



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