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stems growing in spirals

Posted by elc11 z10 SD CA (My Page) on
Tue, Jun 14, 05 at 1:08

Two of my tomato plants have some spiraling growth at the top of some stems. Otherwise the plants look very healthy. It seems to have developed within the last couple of days (all of my tomatoes are having a tremendous growth spurt right now). Does anyone know what could cause this and is it a problem?


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RE: stems growing in spirals

  • Posted by elc11 z10 SD CA (My Page) on
    Tue, Jun 14, 05 at 1:51

I should add that the "growth spurt" is mainly heavy foliage, probably due to high nitrogen in my soil (tilled in aged manure and mushroom compost last fall)


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RE: stems growing in spirals

  • Posted by elc11 z10 SD CA (My Page) on
    Wed, Jun 15, 05 at 21:55

Mystery solved. My local garden center says that it is caused by watering the tomatoes too often, to let them dry out between waterings. Interesting that only one variety shows this symptom but I'm just happy that it is not a disease.


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RE: stems growing in spirals

Any update, b/c spiral stems I don't know as a symptom of overwatering.Wilting and foliage turning yellow, but not spiral stems

Carolyn


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