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Post  h2ofwln 5/8/2022, 5:53 pm

Need help, tomato droop 51ac8410Just transplanted this within the last week.  The droop is really bad in my opinon.  There is plenty of moisture in the soil as I made sure to throughly wet the mix as I made it.  Any suggestions or words of wisdom?
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Post  markqz 5/8/2022, 6:43 pm

Welcome h2ofwin!

Was this store bought? How did you transplant? Was there a nice chunk of potting mix with it? Is that Mel's Mix you're planting into?

Even though the mix was wet, it might have dried out. When you poke down four inches, does it still feel moist?

If by any chance you don't know what I mean by "Mel's Mix", you might want to check out All New Square Foot Gardening (3rd ed.).

I'm sure there will be others along shortly with more advice.

Happy gardening!


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Post  h2ofwln 5/8/2022, 7:30 pm

So the plant was bought from a local green house(I honestly just didn’t get around to getting my seeds in in time this year🤦‍�.) as far as transplant goes, I basically took the plant outside a day or two before so I could acclimate it a bit and then removed the plant from the container as carefully as possible, which turned out to be a challenge. I will say some of the root ball was not exactly in the best of shape so I made to sure to take extra care while transplanting it. I will have to check to see if it is four inches down that it is wet, damp, etc. yes it is mels mix.

Thanks for the welcome! I’m looking forward to learning several things here. I’ve read mels book and am very intrigued by all the knowledge it presents!
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Post  h2ofwln 5/8/2022, 9:29 pm

So after checking my soil again, I went down about 4 inches and the soil was dry so I went ahead and watered thoroughly. We shall see how that helps.
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Post  sanderson 5/9/2022, 3:51 am

H2O, Welcome to the Forum from California. glad you\'re here

Is is important to keep the Mel's Mix really moist while plants get out from under transplant shock. The peat moss in the nursery pots has to be wet before planting. Now that you know it was dry 4" down, you should be able to gauge how often and how much you need to water, especially when the tomato gets larger and starts taking up more water.

From the photo it looks like a grow bag. ?? I've never grown in a grow bag but I assume they lose water not only from the top but also from the sides.

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