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My plants are screaming for help!

Post  DStanton on 5/11/2010, 11:55 am

I am panicking because my plants start out green and turn pale green with curling leaves. They are screaming for help and don't know what to do. I used bagged compost, vermiculite and peat moss but am afraid something is missing in their nutrition. Maybe watering too much? Do I need to use a mulch, or have my mix tested?

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Post  Ha-v-v on 5/11/2010, 1:13 pm

I had this problem in row gardening last year with the soil I have. I used a fertilizer to fix it up. First I used miracle grow and they greened right up. Then I got some horse manure and put it all around the plants that keep me from having to use miracle grow all the time. I would say they are lacking in nutrients yes, but I cant remember what it was mine were lacking. I just started feeding them. I have the same issue with store bought soil and I am ok with giving miracle grow because I have a lot from last year and I can make up a gallon pumper and feed them. Even with SFG that is easier Smile

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Post  herblover on 5/15/2010, 2:55 pm

@Ha-v-v wrote:I had this problem in row gardening last year with the soil I have. I used a fertilizer to fix it up. First I used miracle grow and they greened right up. Then I got some horse manure and put it all around the plants that keep me from having to use miracle grow all the time. I would say they are lacking in nutrients yes, but I cant remember what it was mine were lacking. I just started feeding them. I have the same issue with store bought soil and I am ok with giving miracle grow because I have a lot from last year and I can make up a gallon pumper and feed them. Even with SFG that is easier Smile
I had this problem last year and used blood meal as a supplement which made a huge difference. This year I added my own homemade compost and my peas sstill looked puny so I top dressed them and everything else with the blood meal. Today I planted two more squares of lettuce, mixing in additional cow manure (I still have part of a bag left) and some blood meal before planting.

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Post  Retired Member 1 on 5/15/2010, 7:05 pm

From several posts on the forum it appears that some of their Mel's mix did not have the right combination of nutrients -- I know mine didn't and I've had to do all sorts of things to amend it. When we buy bagged compost, there's no telling how much is compost and how much is filler. I'm all for using a Miracle Grow clone (Walmart's is Expert) to help plants along. It is water soluble so gets into the plant much faster than organic compounds. Then amend with blood meal, bone meal, additional compost, minerals, etc.

I've posted a link several times to a website with photos of plants with nutrients deficiencies. (Actually I've posted it so many times, I think I'll add it to my siggy.)Look at the photos to help you figure out what is wrong and then use measures to correct the problem. Or, use a balance fertilizer for a quick fix.
http://www.hbci.com/~wenonah/min-def/tomatoes.htm

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Post  camprn on 5/15/2010, 7:32 pm

+1. Thanks Belfry!! I have it bookmarked. Very Happy

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Post  auntij on 5/15/2010, 8:09 pm

I found this site while searching for bigger pictures of tomato issues, so I could see symptoms more clearly. I hope it helps.

http://4e.plantphys.net/article.php?ch=3&id=289

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Re: My plants are screaming for help!

Post  DStanton on 5/16/2010, 10:10 am

I have since bought a soil tester probe and it reads my soil and nutrients are ideal. Perhaps I have overwatered. On further investigation I think I should have loosened the rootball before planting as I pulled up my peppers and the rootball was a solid soaked mass of dirt that was difficult to loosen. So I loosened the roots and replanted them. I will reduce my watering and see if all this helps.

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Post  Jay Bird on 5/16/2010, 10:14 am

i used chicken litter ans oak leaf compost and the plants were kind of just sitting there, I purchased 250 lbs of rabbit manure from a local grower and top dressed ,, WOW should I compare it to steroid's ? Plants doubled in a week!

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Re: My plants are screaming for help!

Post  DStanton on 5/16/2010, 11:05 am

Thanks for the rabbit droppings tip. I'll definately get some.

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Post  boffer on 5/16/2010, 11:41 am

click on the wormie in your sig rock on

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Post  martha on 5/16/2010, 12:24 pm

Boffer, you are amazing!

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Re: My plants are screaming for help!

Post  camprn on 5/16/2010, 12:27 pm

@boffer wrote:click on the wormie in your sig rock on
SWEET!

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Post  Retired Member 1 on 5/16/2010, 3:32 pm

@boffer wrote:click on the wormie in your sig rock on

Boffer, you are the best. Now I don't have to find the link so many times to post. I just direct them to my wormie. How neat!

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Post  boffer on 5/16/2010, 3:36 pm

Just tell them to pet your wormie!

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