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Post  John91C on Thu Jun 28, 2012 5:23 pm

Hi everyone...I'm new to SFG and started up our garden this year. This is one of our tomato plants: Cosmonaut Volkov (Heirloom Determinate) that I bought as a plant from Territorial Seed Company and planted about 3-4 weeks ago.

Noticed the lower leaves with this color and wanted to know if it's normal or if I have some type of disease...none of our other tomato plants have this. I planted it with the Dr. Earth Organic 5 Tomato, Vegetable, & Herb Fertilizer & Crushed Oyster Shells, & Epsom Salts.

Any help is appreciated! The temperature in the Seattle area has been in the high 50's at night to mid 60's in the day...we've hit 70's 3-4 times this month...mostly rain. I'm hoping the tomato plants can take off soon when it warms up!

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Post  walshevak on Thu Jun 28, 2012 8:10 pm

I think your tomatos are just cold. I understand that purple color is because the cold doesn't allow the needed nutrient to be absorbed. Read it on the forum somewhere.

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Post  John91C on Thu Jun 28, 2012 10:41 pm

Kay,

Thanks...wouldn't to cold affect my other tomato plants as well? They all seem fine with none of the "purple" on the leaves.
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Post  camprn on Thu Jun 28, 2012 10:57 pm

Maybe phosphorus deficiency. LINK the rest of the plant looks good so maybe you have overcome the deficiency.

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Post  John91C on Thu Jun 28, 2012 11:08 pm

Camprn,

Thanks for the link! It sounds like it could be a P deficiency. Can one square be deficient while the adjacent square be fine?
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Post  camprn on Thu Jun 28, 2012 11:19 pm

Hmmm... if there was a phosphorus deficiency I would think that the rest of the plant would be showing the symptoms as well and it is not. Perhaps, it is just time to take the purple leaf stems off and enjoy the healthy looking foliage. Wink But that's just me... What a Face

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Post  Goosegirl on Fri Jun 29, 2012 7:35 am

It looks like phosphorus deficiency to me as well, which causes the lower leaves to turn purplish. If that is your only tomato plant of that variety it could be why you only see it on the one. That variety could be a little less cold tolerant than the others, or it just could be more sensitive to phosphorus levels than your other tomato varieties. Or, like my first year SFG's, you could have pockets of mix that are not truly mixed well! This year when I put in my compost I was shocked at how many pockets of identifiable peat I turned up! Bad me!

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Post  John91C on Fri Jun 29, 2012 8:44 pm

Thanks for everyone's help. I added some more phosphorus to the mix...liquid bloom (organic) that was 0-10-10. We'll see if it helps!
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