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My tomato plants are dying from the bottom up. the leaves

My tomato plants are dying...
My tomato plants are dying from the bottom up. the leaves turn yellow and dye off. Any idea what problem is?
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7/24/2012
SpecialistMichael
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FitnessSpecialist :

Hi there are you available?

FitnessSpecialist :

My name is ***** ***** if you are up for it I would like to try to narrow down some of the reasons your plants aren't doing so well

JACUSTOMER-3t14q1l4- :

I am not sure what fitness has to do with my gardening question.

FitnessSpecialist :

It has nothing to do it with - but fitness specialist is just my user name on Just answer. I am a "farm grown" individual with my entire life experience of agriculture

FitnessSpecialist :

if you would like the assistance of someone else just let me know

JACUSTOMER-3t14q1l4- :

No, just want to know what is wrong with tomatoes.

FitnessSpecialist :

OK great this is a bit of a complex issue, with some elimination strategy to be done on your part.

Tell me, where are these plants planted - and if ground planted, have you ever had issues with them before?

JACUSTOMER-3t14q1l4- :

Yes in ground. No issues before. Have had tomatoes in same area before.

FitnessSpecialist :

Ok and can you tell me about your watering habits - if any?

FitnessSpecialist :

many times the more simple issue is OVER or UNDERwatering

JACUSTOMER-3t14q1l4- :

Water about once or twice a week depending on weather. Use soaker hose mostly.

FitnessSpecialist :

Excellent information. If you were to go outside and stick your finger down to about root level, do you think the soil would be moist?

FitnessSpecialist :

plants like these like good drainage BUT

JACUSTOMER-3t14q1l4- :

Yes

FitnessSpecialist :

they also like to not be drowning in soggy soil

FitnessSpecialist :

it can get very very hot during the day and actually dry out the soil a bit more than people think

JACUSTOMER-3t14q1l4- :

Not an issue with our soil. Sand and compost mostly.

FitnessSpecialist :

ok

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do the leaves have spots?

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the yellowing ones

JACUSTOMER-3t14q1l4- :

yes

FitnessSpecialist :

ahh

JACUSTOMER-3t14q1l4- :

The yellow ones.

FitnessSpecialist :

have you checked the underside of the leaves

JACUSTOMER-3t14q1l4- :

no

FitnessSpecialist :

Well generally

FitnessSpecialist :

spotting is an indicator of either small insect damage OR

FitnessSpecialist :

bacterial wilt, which is very common actually

FitnessSpecialist :

when people can't pinpoint a problem and have exhausted all efforts we usually default to wilt

FitnessSpecialist :

what is different about this years plants compared to last years plants

JACUSTOMER-3t14q1l4- :

Other than them dying not much. Have lots of green tomatoes. Plants not as full.

FitnessSpecialist :

interesting

FitnessSpecialist :

on the plants with the yellow leaves

FitnessSpecialist :

does it stay JSUT on that group of leaves

FitnessSpecialist :

or is it the WHOLE entire plant?

FitnessSpecialist :

stems and leaves i mean

FitnessSpecialist :

or entire plant

JACUSTOMER-3t14q1l4- :

stems and leaves

FitnessSpecialist :

just in like one section?

FitnessSpecialist :

but a definite area?

FitnessSpecialist :

also - are the fruits included?

FitnessSpecialist :

or hasn't this plant given anything yet

JACUSTOMER-3t14q1l4- :

Don't understand. There are 6 plants that are planted in same area and all are experiencing same delemia

FitnessSpecialist :

i was under the impression that it was a single plant out of a group

JACUSTOMER-3t14q1l4- :

no all.

FitnessSpecialist :

usually when plants experience a widespread issue like this - if you do not notice anything as far as infesation

FitnessSpecialist :

infestation

FitnessSpecialist :

it tends to lean toward bacteria wilt, which is soil borne and tends to affect entire crops

FitnessSpecialist :

that why initially i asked about them being in ground or potted

FitnessSpecialist :

the easiest way to tell, as unfortunate as it is

FitnessSpecialist :

would be to have 2 new potted plants, grow them until you are sure they are thriving

FitnessSpecialist :

keep one potted but then transplant one to the ground

FitnessSpecialist :

this should reproduce the same symptoms telling you its bacterial wilt

FitnessSpecialist :

As miserable as this problem is, its very very common in some area

FitnessSpecialist :

s

FitnessSpecialist :

and can be new season to season

FitnessSpecialist :

The fact that its consistent from plant to plant and happening from each plant planted in this area basically confirms

FitnessSpecialist :

are you able to take a soil sample and have it evaluated for micronutrient content

FitnessSpecialist :

What you can actually try as well is available at walmart

FitnessSpecialist :

i believe its called Serenity or Serenade

FitnessSpecialist :

its a bacterial combatant

JACUSTOMER-3t14q1l4- :

I will also give that a try. Thanks for your help.

FitnessSpecialist :

hang on one moment

FitnessSpecialist :

let me find other products in case you dont have that

FitnessSpecialist :

one moment

JACUSTOMER-3t14q1l4- :

ok

FitnessSpecialist :

alright having a tough time finding other solutions

FitnessSpecialist :

but seeif you can find that

FitnessSpecialist :

one way to evaluate if it is wilt

FitnessSpecialist :

or bacterial infection

FitnessSpecialist :

take the worst plant(one that might die off anyway)

FitnessSpecialist :

cut it at soil level and check the inside of the stalk for discoloration

FitnessSpecialist :

after that put it in a glass of water and see if anything oozes out - if it does that would be an indication of that sickness

FitnessSpecialist :

i would recommend seeing if you can start 2 new plants in pots

FitnessSpecialist :

then transfering one to the soil and seeing if that reproduces

FitnessSpecialist :

the other thing is making sure the source of plants, just in case, is tested initially to ensure youre not getting plants or seeds that might be contaminated

FitnessSpecialist :

AND - having a micronutrient evaluation on the soil would be a priority as well

JACUSTOMER-3t14q1l4- :

I will follow up with these steps. Does this stay in soil from year to year.

FitnessSpecialist :

As miserable as the situation is right now, did I help you in understanding a few of the probable causes of your yellowing, spotting and dying leaves on these plants

FitnessSpecialist :

um yes sometiems it can

FitnessSpecialist :

BUT

FitnessSpecialist :

it also could be something that was on the plants themselves if you bought them

FitnessSpecialist :

AND could have been the seeds if they were planted from seed

FitnessSpecialist :

theres bacteria in the soil all over the place

FitnessSpecialist :

sometimes the soil isn't great or "clean" but people are able to do OK

FitnessSpecialist :

im almost suspect of the plants or seeds

FitnessSpecialist :

but check the soil if so

FitnessSpecialist :

and do the potting transfer with 1 of the 2 plants to confirm

FitnessSpecialist :

at least this way you have a "control" plant and then an experimental plant

FitnessSpecialist :

so you can say for sure

FitnessSpecialist :

Does that help?

JACUSTOMER-3t14q1l4- :

I totally agree. Hugely. Again thanks for your time and efforts. I really appreciate everything.

FitnessSpecialist :

I love tomatos myself - i eat them like apples

FitnessSpecialist :

and you are absolutely welcome

FitnessSpecialist :

also

FitnessSpecialist :

turn your soil, and wash your hands - obviously if these dont survive make sure they are destroyed and NOT reintroduced into the composter you have

FitnessSpecialist :

let me know how everything goes please

JACUSTOMER-3t14q1l4- :

Sure will.

FitnessSpecialist :

Have a good day - don't hesitate to request "fitnessmike" if you want to work with me exclusively

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