: HELP! This is the first year I've started by tomatos (beefsteaks)
: from seed (Gurney's). I had an excellent germination rate and when
: they got to be about 4" tall with true leaves I transplanted them from
: 2"x2" containers to 6"x6". I planted them deeper just like I was
: told. Now they look pitiful. They have lost their seed leaves
: (wilted and fell off) and now their top leaves seem to be wilting. I
: have them under grow lights (~ 2" from the lights). I'm also using a
: bottom watering system. However, my cherry tomatoes are doing just
: fine - go figure.
: Any advice? Should I be providing more fertilizer...?
: BTW: Thank you to all that responded to my Alaskan Nasturitium
: - Lori
It is very normal for the seed leaves (cotyledons) to senesce (fall off).
The are probably reponding to a)transplant shock b)too much water or
c)being too close to the light. (It might be a disease but lets not
consider that right now).
raise up the light some to reduce heat, you might also want to cut back on
watering. Once seedlings are up it's easier to prevent root rots by top
watering (roots need oxygen too).
Go ahead and fertilize some with a mild solution of fertilizer IF the roots
aren't rotting. Pull out the worst plant from the container and look at
the roots (should be whitish NOT brown, totally yellow or grey). If root
rot TAKE THEM OUT OF THE WATER. and allow to dry some. They will probably
snap out of it (unlike me).
Oooo da weader is soooooo niccceee here!
Raleigh, NC (zone 7 or something like that)