Big Boy tomatoes stopped growing

BlabyJune 23, 2012

I purchased two Big Boy tomatoes plants at a local farmers market. They both grew to the height of about 12 inches and are very "bushy". About 3 weeks ago the leaves "rolled up". Since then both plants stop growing and shows no new leaves. About 1.5 weeks ago they started to grow several tomatoes. My Roma and Cherry tomatoes are doing just fine. Any help is greatly appreciated.

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carolyn137(z4/5 NY)

Looks like physiological leaf roll to me which occurs with some varieties when the root mass and above ground stem and foliage mass are out of balance which usually occurs when the plants are young and at 12 inches your two plants certainly are young..

That should straighten out soon and probably all will be well.


    Bookmark   June 23, 2012 at 9:40PM
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I thought it was physiological leaf roll but wasn't able to find any information if lack of new leaves was a symptom.

    Bookmark   June 24, 2012 at 10:19AM
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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

Any chance these were actually Bush Big Boy plants and not regular Big Boy? I have several Bush Big Boy plants growing and while they don't have the leaf roll problems they are about that size and shape. Standard Big Boy has much longer node-to-node lengths than that plant does.


    Bookmark   June 24, 2012 at 12:03PM
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carolyn137(z4/5 NY)

Blaby, maybe, if physiological leaf roll the root mass has to increase before new foliage will appear based on what I wrote above.

And maybe Daves suggestion that it's Bush Bog Boy plants that you're growing.


    Bookmark   June 24, 2012 at 1:27PM
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Thanks Dave & Carolyn. After looking at pictures, I may have planted Bush Big Boy tomatoes. I just surprised that there hasn't been any new growth in at least 3 weeks.

    Bookmark   June 24, 2012 at 3:16PM
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