Hang On Little Tomatoes!

It’s been a cold spring and the tomatoes had a slow start. There was little growth and the undersides of the leaves were turning purple. Off to Google! I found there are a few things that can cause this: lack of fertilizer–cold temps prevent the plant from taking up the nutrients it needs, specifically phosphorus. Too much water combined with the cold temps, can also block the absorption of nutrients.  Another cause could be insect damage.


Before: Yellowing and purple undersides of tomato leaves.

Since it’s so early in the season, I didn’t think it was insects. I was keeping the plants a bit wet so they didn’t dry out in the greenhouse, so I backed off on the water. Since I only fed the plants with half strength liquid fertilizer when I potted them up, I gave them all another boost. Luckily, the temperature warmed up that week. Within a few days, the seedlings started to look a lot better. They should be fine once I get them planted in the garden

After: On the way to recovery

After: 7 days later, on the way to recovery.

My peppers are now experiencing yellowing leaves and purple veining. I suspect it’s the same problem as the tomatoes. Back to google to confirm that. I added a bit of fertilizer and hoping I don’t lose the leaves before the plants send out new healthier growth.

Hang on little peppers

Hang on little peppers! Planting time is almost here!

Next up, time to harden off the plants.


3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Izzy66 on May 7, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    Its been a very unusual Spring. Soils and plants appear to be confused. Love your photos!


  2. Posted by meower on May 8, 2013 at 3:40 pm



  3. Good information, as usual. Thanks!


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