Tomatoes dying... any ideas?

by Nick
(US)

I'm new to this and have a problem. The tomato plant (12") I have is healthy on top, but the lower limbs continue to die off from the end toward the stem. Any ideas? I've went thru the t.shooting guide and my system seems to be in line. Thanks for any help.

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Jun 16, 2010
probably not a problem
by: jimb

As long as the stem stays green, and the upper portion stays green and healthy, you probably are just dealing with nature, and not actually a problem. I assume that the plants are indeterminate?

Jun 18, 2010
Tomatos Dying REPLY
by: Mark

By the sounds of it the plant is not getting enough light down low. If you are using a fluorescent light it will most likely not have enough power to keep good light to the bottom of the plant. I would try switching to an HID light set up. Get an HPS ballast and light for flowering your tomatoes. Just then get Metal Halide conversion bulbs for the system while you are in the vegetative stage of growth. When it comes time to flower you just switch the bulbs. This is by far cheaper and less time consuming to do it this way rather than switching out ballasts. It will give you all the light you need. Also make sure (if you can) set up reflective walls as to not waste any light. If you get some Mylar or flat white material you will bounce back a lot of light and the bottoms of your plants should come right back to life!! Good luck!!

Mar 30, 2012
my Tomato plants are doing the exact same thing
by: Susan P

I have been growing my tomato plants for about 5 weeks now and have the exact same problem with the bottom leaves falling off. The plants are growing by leaps and bounds but they look pretty spindly. Did you have any luck with a solution?
Just yesterday, I made reflectors from cardboard and foil for 2 sides of the plants. Waiting to see if it will help. I am soooo bummed out about this as it was a financial investment and I was so looking forward to having great tomatoes in the winter (I live in New England). When should they start to flower?

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