tomato plant mystery!

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Post: # 20536Unread post AKgardener
Fri May 22, 2020 11:04 pm

I would love to know what's up with these tomato plants!!!! I grew them from seed indoors under lights so they have not been exposed to the outside environment this is literally how they grew..any idea's would be great.
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Sat May 23, 2020 6:45 am

What variety? What potting mix did you use? Sometimes the component of the potting mix can be contaminated with a herbicide.

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Post: # 20579Unread post AKgardener
Sat May 23, 2020 1:51 pm

those are big zacs....not so big after all they still look the same. I used this stuff called alaska potting soil and got this big ole bag of peat moss from lowes I used worm castings as well...most of all my tomato plant pretty much ended up looking like that some are finaly looking better.but not amazing..like I had hoped. I had 50 plants 10 varitys and have 34 left so far ..
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Sat May 23, 2020 8:56 pm

They seem to be tall and spindly which tells me the light was too far removed as they grew. Generally the light source should be an inch or two above the seedlings as they develop and raised as the plant grows maintaining the inch distance. As for the leaf curl it could be the potting soil mixture has too much nitrogen and not neutral enough in pH. Peat moss can be toxic to tender plants when too much is in the potting mix.
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Post: # 20670Unread post Sherry_AK
Sun May 24, 2020 6:40 pm

Hello AKgardener. That second photo looks very much like tomato (tobacco) mosaic virus with the fern-like foliage. I hope I'm wrong.

Where are you in Alaska? I'm in Wasilla.

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Post: # 20737Unread post AKgardener
Mon May 25, 2020 6:55 pm

since none of us are smokers I'm not shure if that could be it.. But I also to live in wasilla..
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Post: # 20738Unread post AKgardener
Mon May 25, 2020 6:59 pm

Paulf wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 8:56 pm
They seem to be tall and spindly which tells me the light was too far removed as they grew. Generally the light source should be an inch or two above the seedlings as they develop and raised as the plant grows maintaining the inch distance. As for the leaf curl it could be the potting soil mixture has too much nitrogen and not neutral enough in pH. Peat moss can be toxic to tender plants when too much is in the potting mix.
aww as far as the lights I had then where they should of been most of my tomatoes grew normal with a few that looked like well little out of sorts. but it all sounds like something definalty went wrong either my faulty or the soils. lessoned learned and keep trying!!!!
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Post: # 20740Unread post slugworth
Mon May 25, 2020 8:02 pm

soil temp could be a problem,maybe too cool?
Light depends on the type of grow lights.
Mine are about 1 foot above the plants
LED or 5k,6500k mix of lights
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Post: # 20744Unread post Sherry_AK
Mon May 25, 2020 9:36 pm

You might want to snip a leaf, bag it up in a zip top baggie, and take it over to the Cooperative Extension Service to see if they have an idea. It definitely looks like disease to me rather than growing conditions. I believe some diseases can be transmitted via seed. Good luck!
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Post: # 20745Unread post AKgardener
Mon May 25, 2020 9:39 pm

good idea to have it tested never thought about that.
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