Tomato Seedlings - Sad

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Tomato Seedlings - Sad

Post by Lor » Thu, 04 Apr 1996 04:00:00



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
problems.

- Lori

 
 
 

Tomato Seedlings - Sad

Post by Keith Downing Muell » Thu, 04 Apr 1996 04:00:00


: 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
: problems.

: - 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!

--
Keith Mueller
http://www4.ncsu.edu/eos/users/k/kdmuelle/public/hp.html

Raleigh, NC (zone 7 or something like that)
USA

 
 
 

Tomato Seedlings - Sad

Post by Marianne Lep » Fri, 05 Apr 1996 04:00:00


Quote:

> 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
> problems.

> - Lori

Hi Lori,
Did the wilting start very soon after transplanting? If so you have a
case of 'transplant shock' on your hands. Sometimes after transplanting
the plant wilts as a result of being moved, usually this is because the
roots or stems were slightly damaged in the process. It's not your fault,
(unless, of course, you drop-kicked the flat across the room :-) ), shock
just happens sometimes. Don't panic though. Move the plants out from
under the lights to a cooler, darker spot. In a few hours or overnight
they should perk back up then you can put them back under the lights.
There can be a slight setback with transplant shock, but when tomatoes
are this young, its not serious.

Hope this helps
Marianne
--
As soon as I have something important to say, I'll put it here.

 
 
 

Tomato Seedlings - Sad

Post by Yves Mas » Fri, 05 Apr 1996 04:00:00


You could of leave them in the 2"x2" much longer (like up to 7"-8"), but now
that you transplanted them, I would suggest to stop water from bottom and
start to water by the surface to force the creation of new roots along the
part you placed in the soil. Do not water too much for a little period. Also
get the  grow lights at least 12" from the plants.

Good Luck...

Yves M. / Montreal (Canada)

Quote:
>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
>problems.
>- Lori

 
 
 

Tomato Seedlings - Sad

Post by Rich Newto » Tue, 09 Apr 1996 04:00:00


Quote:

> 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...

Did you harden them off? I didn't harden mine off enough last year,
and many of their leaves turned white and dropped off. They grew new
leaves, though. I didn't really do anything to them, other than keeping
them watered, and giving them some Miracle Grow for Tomatoes. Of course,
I had put compost and bone meal in the soil before I planted. Who knows
if any of that made a difference?

-Rich
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Richard Newton