chomped at growtip / stem

alannyc(7_NYC)May 25, 2009

Hi all,

I wintersowed various OP tomato seeds (Thanks, Trudi!) and transplanted them to containers with slightly old potting soil amended with manure and blood & bone meals, fed them seaweed/fish fertilizer, and they were happy enough that I took off their waterbottle hotcaps last weekend.

This Saturday I topped them off with a couple of inches of new MG organic potting mix (so the stems could grow more roots), and I didn't replace the hotcaps. Only about one or two sets of true leaves were above ground, so I probably should have.

The next day I checked on them, and 7 of the 9 plants had been bitten off at or near the growing tips, which I assume means they're goners. The remaining little stems are solid and healthy-looking, not wilted.

Could I have introduced pests via the MG organic potting mix? Are rats or mice (urban rooftop garden) possible?

At this point, I want to buy seedlings and get them going ASAP, but not if they're going to be chomped down again.

Sorry I don't have pix. All advice appreciated.

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
jean001(z8aPortland, OR)

You asked "Could I have introduced pests via the MG organic potting mix?"

I seriously doubt it.

You asked "Are rats or mice (urban rooftop garden) possible?"

I wouldn't think so.

Birds fly. Birds like fresh greens.

Whether they'll survive depends upon if how much of the top is gone. You said "bitten off at or near the growing tips." So I would assume they still have one or more leaves. Right?

    Bookmark   May 26, 2009 at 1:05PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
alannyc(7_NYC)

Thanks for your reply, Jean.

Some still have one or more leaves, some don't. I cross-posted this to the tomato forum, and got an encouraging reply that (with one leaf left) a new growing point generated within 2-3 weeks. So I might try to leave the more hopeful-looking plants and see what happens.

    Bookmark   May 26, 2009 at 2:42PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Help Pls! Tomato branches falling off
Hi all - A few weeks ago I started to notice a marginal...
jhamoud
Yellow 'Spots' on fully ripe tomatoes
Harvesting a ton of tomatoes in the past two weeks....
westy1941
worst tomato plants ever
Hi I have been growing tomato plants for at least twenty...
greelygarden
Mysterious disappearing Tomatoes
I'm in Richmond, VA (23233, if that helps). I moved...
Lorahv
Sick tomato plants
Some of my tomatoes look really sick. Is this a disease?...
JaneMacG
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™