hi all

just a novice gardiner

first year for growing tomatoes

bought some shirleys and they seem to be doing fine

bought a san marzano plant after a week its leaves are going brown from the top of the plant downwards

any advice please


  • HelcattHelcatt Posts: 16
    Where are they? Sounds like sun scorch to me - shocking though it may be, when the sun does come out it is intense for small plants. If you think it could be that then Keep them in a bright spot but not in all day direct sunlight. Don't remove the leaves. They should recover.
  • jampotjampot Posts: 8

    they are in greenhouse

    thanks for advice

  • ItalophileItalophile Posts: 1,647

    You can afford to let the mix dry out providing you don't leave it bone dry. Permanently damp roots can cause more problems than underwatering.

  • jampotjampot Posts: 8

    they are in pots with tomato grow bag compost

    only had 2 sunny days in last week

    will it recover or should i just bin it

    thx for advice

  • jampotjampot Posts: 8

    thx verdun

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 19,692

    Verd-I've got my toms in little 3" pots just now and they're needing to move on-what would you recommend? Should I put them straight into their 'final' pots or put them in 5" or similar first?image

  • ItalophileItalophile Posts: 1,647

    Transplanting deeply encourages strong root growth. Any stem that is buried will become root structure. When transplanting into their final home, I take off all branches and leaves up to the top foliage, the canopy. Plant so that the canopy is virtually sitting on the soil. Just lift the leaves a tad when watering until the canopy grows up clear of the soil. It won't take long.

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 19,692

    Yes I always plant them deeper and in bottomless pots in a tray of compost (like a grow bag) and it gives them a good food source to draw on. This is the first time I've grown from seed so just wanted to see if it was best to give them another home before their final one!

    Thanks Verd and Italophile! image

    Keep us updated on your experiment Verd image

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