Saturday, April 21, 2012

Cherokee Purple Near Death?

My Cherokee Purple plants aren't looking good.  All three of them are losing or have lost their leaves.  The rest of the seedlings are striving.  They are full, lush and happy.  Oh what to do.   I've researched, but can't find anything on why tomato seedlings lose their leaves.   I started 5 - 6 different varieties and I'm not having a problem with any of the other plants. 

The peppers, squash, zucchinni, pumpkins and watermelon are all doing great.  I gave them all a nice dose of fish emulsion and lowered the grow lights on the Cherokee Purple again.  I'm hoping this will help, but I would like to get to the root of the problem.  No pun intended, lol. 

Does anyone know what the problem could be?  My taste buds are set on Cherokee Purple this year, so I'm working hard to save them.  Any suggestions would be appreciated. 

On the other hand, my Dogwood is in full bloom and just beautiful.   I had a white one several years ago, but lost it.  It was close to one of my down spouts when I planted it.  I think it was getting too much water.  I love this tree so much, I've decided to replace the white one this fall.  This time I will plant it in the side yard, hopefully it will survive. 

Spring makes me happy.  Everything is awaking and turning green, that is except my Cherokee Purple seedlings.  How's everything going with your gardening plants?  


  1. Your tree is beautiful.
    I'm afraid I don't know what to tell you on the tomatoes. I hope some survive or someone can help!

  2. It looks like damping off to me. A couple of my Early Girl tomatoes did this. It helps to put a fan on once everything sprouts. It keeps the mold from growing like crazy and killing the plants. Also a little tiny bit of hydrogen peroxide on the soil around the plant and not on the plant may help a little.

    1. Thanks for the tip. I started a few more Cherokee Purple that have sprouted. I'll try the hydrogen peroxide. Have you tried using lint from the dryer or vaccum around your tomatoes?