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  1. #11
    Is there some way I could remove the salt, or simply see if it's there?

    I don't know if a normal soil test will show, I've never used one.

    jstr:)

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    You can flush the salt out of the soil with a hose left running so the water runs through the pot for about 2 or 3 minutes.* Then use organic fertilizers.* :)

    Newt

  3. #13
    That would make sense but it is planted in the ground, not in a pot. Should I still do the same thing? It still has the soil from the nursery around it. Thanks!

    jstr:)

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    Oops!* If it's in the ground you can't flush the soil as you risk overwatering.* Do stop using synthetic fertilizers though.

    Newt

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    I haven't used any synthetic fertilizer. Its just the styrofaom beads they pu in potting soil. Maybe extra watering would work? Thanks!

    jstr:)

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    jstr, don't try flushing the soil if your plant is in the ground or you risk it rotting.* You say you haven't used synthetic fertilizers, but I'm wondering if you are fertilizing at all.* If not, try fish emulsion and add an inch of compost around the base of the plant, but not up against the stem.* Can you take a picture of the leaves and the plant for us to see?

    Newt

  7. #17
    No I haven't used any fertilizer but I just got the plant about a month ago so I figured it wouldn't need anything. Compost about the only fertilizer I use.*I'm not sure if I could get a picture because it's diffucult to find a camera I could use but I'll do my best. Thanks for the advice! Oh, and also I don't mean flush the soil but just enough water so that the salt can absorb a bit of water and the rest the tomato plant gets. Does that make sense?

    jstr:P

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    jstr, you said:

    "Oh, and also I don't mean flush the soil but just enough water so that the salt can absorb a bit of water and the rest the tomato plant gets. Does that make sense?"

    I wouldn't do it.* You risk overwatering.

    Btw, I meant to tell you that isn't styrofoam you see but perlite.* It's a form of rock put in the potting soil to help with drainage.

    Newt

  9. #19
    Ok, that makes sense. Thanks so much!

    jstr:D

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    [align=left]I was away from my computer for the weekend, and missed your conversation about the yellowing tomato leaves. Actually, jstr, it's a good thing the plant is*in the ground and not in containers. I don't think there is any remedy for my poor yellowing plants in containers. The potting soil is just too... something. Maybe too light-weight. [/align]

    [align=left]About soil testing: it's not too hard or expensive. You can buy a basic testing kit for about $15, and it will give you an idea about the status of the main nutrients.*Home soil-testing is*kind of low tech - just a soil sample dissolved in a jar of water and a litmus test, so to speak. But*it gives you a place to start a remedy. [/align]

    [align=left]My theory is that whenever plants look like they aren't feeling too good, the first place to begin trouble-shooting is with the soil.[/align]

    [align=left]Also, glad to know you don't use synthetic fertilizers either. Hooray for organic gardening! Once the soil is healthy, it really is easier (and better) to use organic methods.*[/align]

    [align=left]- Judith[/align]

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