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What's up with the yellow leaves on my tomato plants?

Is this too much water or too much sun...can't remember which.

Thanks !!


-- j (, June 01, 2000


Where are the yellow leaves on your plants? I know that if they are on the very bottom, you've got nothing to worry about as they are the sprout leaves. GL!!

-- Abigail F. (, June 01, 2000.

The yellow leaves are all over the plant (not every leaf, just a general distribution).


-- j (, June 01, 2000.

Have you checked the soil? Do you have a mulch that doesn't breathe on the plants? It could be a number of things, so eliminate the water/dry equation first then perhaps give it a light manure tea dose, stick a book of matches down in the soil about 6" from the roots and jump back!

Good luck!

-- Doreen Davenport (, June 02, 2000.

Doreen, Hope he doesn't have to jump back because the matches are lit!! LOL

-- Colleen (, June 02, 2000.

I'd only be concerned if -

the manure tea is a bit strong in methane AND the matches are lit...

But then again - What an amazing way of making tomato paste!!

j (who is getting much more than he bargained for when asked this question; and does understand that the tomatoes benefit by a bit of sulfur)

-- j (, June 02, 2000.

Forget the matches - that's pretty much an urban myth. My first suggestion would be fertilizer with a high nitrogen content. But go slowly, too much nitrogen is not good either. GL!

-- Brad (, June 02, 2000.

Hi, My tomatoes are awesome this year, but I did have some yellow leaves on cucumbers that were unexplained by drought or flood(the whole plant). I read something about magnesium, maybe here, and also about sulfur. I gave them a watering with 1/2 strenght fertilizer and a small bit of epsom salts and MSM and they were green within 2 days, and took off like crazy after that. I used MSM in all the holes at transplant, as well as manure tea with added B-12. Everything looks great. Could be my best garden ever, as long as it doesn't HAIL anymore!! Good luck, and check with your local extension office for common deficencies in your area. Jill

-- Jill Schreiber (, June 04, 2000.

The matches have helped my tomato plants. They are also supposed to help all other nightshades. That and the old American Indian fish under the plant as well. But with the fish you have to have some loam in your soil or you end up with a stench! So, not knowing the soil, I figured that matches were safer. Also, the old safety matches are better according to some people, but I personally haven't noticed any difference between them. Granted, I did it one way one year and the other the next so I didn't have a side by side comparison....and say Brad...wouldn't that be a "rural" myth? Ha!

-- Doreen (, June 04, 2000.

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