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Ouch!!! It's Not Smooth Sailing!!!

Category: Tomatoes | Posted: Thu Apr 19, 2012 4:02 pm

After just 3 days of planting my baby toms, I was just about to relax when one of them was curled up dying.

First Casualty ( photo / image / picture from KK Ng's Garden )

I just couldn't believe because it was fine in the morning and now!?!!?? The only thing I can think off is a careless bird landed on it causing it to break at the soil level. It was sad, very sad!!!

Investigation ( photo / image / picture from KK Ng's Garden )

Luckily I still have a pot of baby toms which I kept as insurance should the need arises.

Assurance!! ( photo / image / picture from KK Ng's Garden )

The healthiest of the lot was chosen and was planted in the excat same spot.

Shorty ( photo / image / picture from KK Ng's Garden )

I wonder .... what's next!!!!

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Cayuga Morning wrote on Thu Apr 19, 2012 4:39 pm:

Good luck KK. Good thing you had some replacements at the ready

carolyn keiper wrote on Thu Apr 19, 2012 4:45 pm:

KK, that looks like a fungal infection on the stem...damping off maybe. See, there where it is all whithered? that is what it looks like for me in the greenhouse. But keep on trying. Not every plant is going to be as susceptible as the last one.


Jewell wrote on Fri Apr 20, 2012 2:42 am:

The potted toms look so healthy, maybe you should just have some nice container plants too. My container tomatoes do better than my in ground ones some years.


Sjoerd wrote on Fri Apr 20, 2012 12:59 pm:

What a shame about that tom. I have to say that my immediate impression was something similar to Carolyn's idea.
Personally, I would not have planted it in the exact same hole that the old plant came out of. The reason is that should there be some type of fungus or bacteria in the soil in that place, you will just be introducing it to your new plant.
Another note is that had the stem been broken or bent for whatever reason, the plant would usually not die, but rather continue growing. I once broke off a newlt planted plant right off completely anout two finger thicknesses above the soil like This means that there was NOTHING above the break--it was completely severed.I left the plant in situ and kept treating it as if it had leaves and was of a normal height.It went on to produce a new stem and yielded 5 trosses of toms. The point being that a tom does not die easily.That is what I find alarming about the brown bit below the soil line estending to the rootball.It looks sick to me.


tschnath wrote on Fri Apr 20, 2012 3:14 pm:

sorry your having trouble there KK but keep on plugging and it will all come together. Hopefully the replacement one will come through for you. Good luck!


KK Ng wrote on Fri Apr 20, 2012 3:58 pm:

Argguhh!!! Another one gone!!! The one that is right beside the first that went. Got another in.

Thanks Cayuga Morning, hope it'll work!

Hi Carolyn ... oops! I just planted another right in the same hole of another. I guess a sorry to the birds is in order!

Jewell, I did thought of container but I do not have containers big enough.

Sojerd thanks I just did excatly what you said not to do ...arrgguuhh!! Guess I'll just have to kick myself sometimes while learning. The weather now is quite wet and Carolyn must be right about the fungus and dampening. At first I thought the brown bit was just earth stain and your observation made me realised it is indeed sick!

Tschnath thanks, I am keeping my fingers crossed.

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