Why are my tomato seedlings wilting?

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Why are my tomato seedlings wilting?

Post by sumacbl.. » Sun, 21 May 2006 08:38:07



My indoor tomato seedlings (four varieties, 2 heirloom, same conditions
as last year) started really slowly this year and now 4 weeks after
germination seem to be slowly wilting--bottom leaves first, no spots or
colour change, not falling over. Any ideas re what I can do? I used
potting soil--is that bad? Would my storebought manure or homemade
compost help?

Thanks,

Sarah

 
 
 

Why are my tomato seedlings wilting?

Post by cloud dreame » Sun, 21 May 2006 09:11:21


Quote:

> My indoor tomato seedlings (four varieties, 2 heirloom, same conditions
> as last year) started really slowly this year and now 4 weeks after
> germination seem to be slowly wilting--bottom leaves first, no spots or
> colour change, not falling over. Any ideas re what I can do? I used
> potting soil--is that bad? Would my storebought manure or homemade
> compost help?

Is the potting soil new?  Potting soil contains enough nutrients to feed
a plant for a season, then needs to be revitalized or (as I do) dumped
onto the bare patches on my lawn or into some of the raised beds.

Other things that I can think of off the top of my head would be the
temperature (too hot in a window perhaps) and pot size...I use 30L
buckets. Tomatoes also like a slightly acidic soil so I usually add some
peat to my potting soil (and no lime).

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Why are my tomato seedlings wilting?

Post by sumacbl.. » Sun, 21 May 2006 10:47:58


Quote:


> > My indoor tomato seedlings (four varieties, 2 heirloom, same conditions
> > as last year) started really slowly this year and now 4 weeks after
> > germination seem to be slowly wilting--bottom leaves first, no spots or
> > colour change, not falling over. Any ideas re what I can do? I used
> > potting soil--is that bad? Would my storebought manure or homemade
> > compost help?

> Is the potting soil new?  Potting soil contains enough nutrients to feed
> a plant for a season, then needs to be revitalized or (as I do) dumped
> onto the bare patches on my lawn or into some of the raised beds.

> Other things that I can think of off the top of my head would be the
> temperature (too hot in a window perhaps) and pot size...I use 30L
> buckets. Tomatoes also like a slightly acidic soil so I usually add some
> peat to my potting soil (and no lime).

Thanks, that's helpful--yes it is last year's potting soil. Is there
any hope for them if I transplant them into new stuff? Or feed them a
lot with extra nutrients?
 
 
 

Why are my tomato seedlings wilting?

Post by cloud dreame » Sun, 21 May 2006 11:14:01


Quote:



>>>My indoor tomato seedlings (four varieties, 2 heirloom, same conditions
>>>as last year) started really slowly this year and now 4 weeks after
>>>germination seem to be slowly wilting--bottom leaves first, no spots or
>>>colour change, not falling over. Any ideas re what I can do? I used
>>>potting soil--is that bad? Would my storebought manure or homemade
>>>compost help?

>>Is the potting soil new?  Potting soil contains enough nutrients to feed
>>a plant for a season, then needs to be revitalized or (as I do) dumped
>>onto the bare patches on my lawn or into some of the raised beds.

>>Other things that I can think of off the top of my head would be the
>>temperature (too hot in a window perhaps) and pot size...I use 30L
>>buckets. Tomatoes also like a slightly acidic soil so I usually add some
>>peat to my potting soil (and no lime).

> Thanks, that's helpful--yes it is last year's potting soil. Is there
> any hope for them if I transplant them into new stuff? Or feed them a
> lot with extra nutrients?

Absolutely, you could transplant them if they're not too big. It would
be easier, at this point to put them into new soil rather than trying to
revitalize the soil they are in now.

When I transplant seedlings, I use a Miracle Gro product I think is
called Quick Start and is meant to invigorate the roots. That'll help
your seedlings if you're able to transplant them into new soil.

  ..

Zone 5a in Canada's Far East

 
 
 

Why are my tomato seedlings wilting?

Post by sherwind » Sun, 21 May 2006 14:12:17


If and when you transplant them, check the roots after they are removed from
their pots.  If you see a lot of roots on the edge of the soil all tangled up,
it would
indicate that the tomatoes became 'pot bound' and suffered from lack of growing
space.  If that's the case, gently untangle the visible roots and replant them
in a
larger container.

                                 Sherwin D.

Quote:

> My indoor tomato seedlings (four varieties, 2 heirloom, same conditions
> as last year) started really slowly this year and now 4 weeks after
> germination seem to be slowly wilting--bottom leaves first, no spots or
> colour change, not falling over. Any ideas re what I can do? I used
> potting soil--is that bad? Would my storebought manure or homemade
> compost help?

> Thanks,

> Sarah

 
 
 

Why are my tomato seedlings wilting?

Post by TQ » Sun, 21 May 2006 14:19:21



Quote:
> My indoor tomato seedlings (four varieties, 2 heirloom, same conditions
> as last year) started really slowly this year and now 4 weeks after
> germination seem to be slowly wilting--bottom leaves first, no spots or
> colour change, not falling over. Any ideas re what I can do? I used
> potting soil--is that bad? Would my storebought manure or homemade
> compost help?

Wilting if oft times a sugn of over-watering.  It would be most helpful if
you could describe more completely how you are trying to raise these
seedlings.

Light source
Water regime
Growing location (bat cave or damp ba***t, kitchen window sill, floros,
etc.)

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TQ