Wrong Time,Type or Fertilizing?
I hope you can help me solve the mystery of my first tomatoes. I'm not sure what I have done wrong but I thought they were indeterminates and they are all withering away in mid July.
To begin with, I seeded these from grocery store tomatoes that were supposedly truss type indeterminates, according to their label. They are normally grown in a greenhouse in Mexico.
I just scraped the seeds out, rinsed them and planted in mid January (in SO. California on an island). Lo and behold--they all grew--150 plants !
I moved them in and out to the deck so by mid February, I left them outside all the time. My first tomato grew in mid March. A few times (maybe 6) it got below 60 at night. I even did a fund raiser for a charity to get rid of 100 of them--leaving 55 plants.
I finally transplanted them all to grow pots or a wooden plant bed by early May. They seemed to be doing well but were probably too close together for adequate airflow. I didn't water with a drip system,just hose, so it was difficult not to get the leaves wet.
Then, gradually, bottom branches yellowed. I pulled them off. But it kept happening, kept happening until there was nothing but the tomatoes and maybe a few branches at the very top. I looked at pictures and it's possible I didn't provide enough magnesium or phosphorus for them--that's what the wilty branches looked like.
Is it possible these were a hybrid and therefore a determinate part of them reproduced, and that's why they're dying now? Or was this just inadequate fertilization. (Used Miracle Gro for tomatoes every other week until I ran out. Then used an organic type --"soup" over the soil.
About a month after that they started going downhill.
Here is it mid July and they look awful. I just got some seaweed and fish emulsion and I'm hoping that might pull out a few plants.
Wrong seeds? Wrong type? Wrong fertilizer? All of the above?