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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: 18
    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: 1,731

    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 west central ScotlandPosts: 49,201

    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

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • ItalophileItalophile Posts: 1,731

    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.

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