Some tomato leaves touching the ground...wwyd?

srg215(6b nj)May 16, 2012

Some of my tomato transplants have leaves that are touching the ground and they seem to have holes eaten in them. Do I just leave them or do I snip off the bottom leaves/stalks?

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Cut them off, nothing should be touching the ground.

    Bookmark   May 16, 2012 at 1:51PM
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Any of mine that touch the ground get snipped off. I've got my plants caged so they grow up so this isn't a problem unless it's a younger plant.

    Bookmark   May 16, 2012 at 1:52PM
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srg215(6b nj)

Thanks. It is a young plant

    Bookmark   May 16, 2012 at 2:14PM
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As soon as my plants put out good sized leaves above the first level, I cut off the lower ones. If you go out after a rain and see that dirt has splashed up on to lower leaves, you might want to cut those off as well.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2012 at 4:45PM
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missingtheobvious(Blue Ridge 7a)

To avoid disease problems, mulch well from the day you plant out, so that the leaves don't touch the actual soil (even if they do touch the mulch because the plant is still so young).

Then once the plant is larger, cut off the lower leaflets which touch the mulch so slugs can't eat the leaves.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2012 at 10:01PM
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