Branch curling at top of tomato plant?

eao2012April 29, 2014

Hello all,
My tomato plants have been growing great, but now all of a sudden the new growth on each plant is exhibiting this behavior. The new growth is curling downwards to the point it begins curling under itself (some have referred to this as pigtailing?). It is not just the leafs but the entire branches and it is only on the new growth from the past week or so. Any idea what might be causing this?

FYI I am growing them in 3 gallon plastic pots and have basically been watering once or twice a week depending on the temperature outside. They have been getting about 4-5 hours of direct sun daily and have been under cover from rainfall.

Seeing as my plants look healthy, I assume it is just an environmental issue. What do you think?

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edweather(Zone 5a/b Central NY)

They look ok to me. I don't think it's anything to worry about. They do look a little leggy though, and maybe they could use a feeding. Can you give them more sun?

    Bookmark   April 30, 2014 at 12:24AM
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eao2012

I can try. I am in an apartment and I keep the plants outside in full sun already as much as I can. I just put a slow release fertilizer in the soil last week.

A friend of mine mentioned that the plant might be outgrowing its roots. So I checked the roots and it was getting to be root bound in the 3 gallon pot it was in so I moved the plant from the 3 gallon pot into a 5 gallon bucket so maybe that will help also? I guess I should tell a difference in a few days if that was the problem.

    Bookmark   April 30, 2014 at 9:56AM
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eao2012

Here's a good picture of what the branch curling looks like. Any more ideas of why it might be doing this?

    Bookmark   April 30, 2014 at 2:52PM
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edweather(Zone 5a/b Central NY)

That is totally normal.

    Bookmark   April 30, 2014 at 5:23PM
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sharonrossy

I agree with edweather, totally normal. Wouldn't worry about it.

    Bookmark   April 30, 2014 at 6:39PM
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