What is wrong with this tomato plant?

bartonmtMay 8, 2012

This is the healthy left plant.

This is the healthy right plant.

This is the sick plant.

This is kind of a null question, as I have already pulled it up and disposed of it, fearing it could affect the others. However, I would like to know what some of the more seasoned gardeners say about this, so if it is something I did wrong I can rectify the situation before I kill more plants. Any input is much appreciated. Oh, and I am new to the forum. I have been looking at it for awhile and it has really helped me with my gardening. Looking forward to playing a more active role on the forum from this point on.

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missingtheobvious(Blue Ridge 7a)

To me, the stem looks thinner just above the ground.

There was a post a couple of weeks ago (?) about seedlings which seemed to have survived a bout with damping-off; they were narrow in the same place.

bartonmt, when you planted these three in the garden, did you plant them below ground level or at the same level as in their original pots? If the former, I assume my damping-off hypotheses would be incorrect.[Since tomatoes will root anywhere, planting them low makes for larger and stronger root systems.]

My second question is, do you have a dog which might have "watered" the plant?

    Bookmark   May 8, 2012 at 9:07PM
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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

Clearly dying but the cause could be many things - too much water, too little water, root damage, stem damage, damp-off, root bound, etc. etc. - and no way to know without examining the plant.

Dave

    Bookmark   May 8, 2012 at 10:39PM
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bartonmt

The stem was very weak and thin just above soil line. It also felt kind of soggy right there. Don't really know what this means. Yes, I have a dog, but he seems to prefer to 'water' my hydrangeas.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2012 at 11:23PM
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missingtheobvious(Blue Ridge 7a)

I think it was probably damping-off. You can read about it at sites like these:
http://gardening.about.com/od/gardenproblems/qt/Damping-Off.htm
http://www.ehow.com/how_9361_prevent-damping-seedlings.html
http://tomclothier.hort.net/page13.html

And here's the old thread that has the photos of a young plant with a narrowed stem:
http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/load/tomato/msg0416271013922.html

If you didn't start the plants from seed yourself, you can blame the grower.

    Bookmark   May 9, 2012 at 1:35AM
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