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Old 06-14-2019, 07:00 AM
 
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Growing tomatoes for the first time and the plants are huge, they look healthy and I am seeing tomatoes growing already.

I’ve been noting some of the lower leaves on two plants are turning yellow, am I overwatering?

I water each one with about 1 gallon of water each morning when we have not received any rain.
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Old 06-14-2019, 07:13 AM
 
Location: SoCal
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The lower leaves will be dying off, just pinch them.
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Old 06-14-2019, 07:13 AM
 
Location: Willamette Valley, Oregon
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What is your temperature? We water every three days, but water deeply when we water, about 3 gallons per plant. It's been very hot in Oregon, mid to upper 90's. Also, type of soil is important. We have soil that promotes drainage. A few yellow leaves are likely not a problem.
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Old 06-14-2019, 07:16 AM
 
Location: Willamette Valley, Oregon
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I just noticed the picture. Does that bucket have drainage? That could make a huge difference. At the very least, drill some holes in that bucket.
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Old 06-14-2019, 07:42 AM
 
Location: Kronenwetter, Wis
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I have 12 tomato plants planted in straw bales (2 per bale) and they grow awesome. I also plant a few in ground to compare. Even in straw bales with all that drainage some of lower leaves yellow. I read recently that when that happens put a teaspoon/tablespoon of Epson salt around base of plant. This year I will try that.

Besides tomato's, I grow peas, beans, peppers, beets, broccoli, in straw bales and tomato's seem to do the best.
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Old 06-14-2019, 07:42 AM
 
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Yes, I drilled three 3/4 holes in each bucket, added 3 inches of shredded mulch for drainage and then mixed some compost and miracle grow vegetable soil to each bucket.

Temperate are currently in the mid 80’s with occasion days in the low 90’s.
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Old 06-14-2019, 10:52 AM
 
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Plastic buckets don't breathe like porous pots. Looks like you have a too much water situation. Using a moisture meter that probes down about 6 inches would help, that way you can get an average water reading and base your watering days on that. Moist is the average reading, usually shown as green on the meter.
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Old 06-14-2019, 01:09 PM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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Growing tomatoes for the first time and the plants are huge, they look healthy and I am seeing tomatoes growing already.

I’ve been noting some of the lower leaves on two plants are turning yellow, am I overwatering?

I water each one with about 1 gallon of water each morning when we have not received any rain.

Looking nice! Just clip it off. No big deal. You don't need every leaf on the plant. Especially the lower ones close to the dirt. 1 gallon a day seems like a lot for a 5 gallon bucket.. I say hold off. You can probably lift the plant up and see if the root ball is soaked.
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Old 06-14-2019, 04:14 PM
 
Location: Boydton, VA
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Likewise, I think 1 gal/day is excessive, but I will say I have never tried growing tomatoes in a bucket. I'm sure they will dry out faster and the soil will heat up more than if direct planted. Is there any way to shade the bucket (roots), but not he plant....like with straw bales ?

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Old 06-15-2019, 03:05 AM
 
Location: Port Charlotte FL
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cut the lowest two or three branches off to promote better air circulation anyhow..stick your finger in the soil all the way up to your last knuckle..if dry, water, if not leave it until the next day..depending on how much fertilizer you mixed in you might want to add some once a week or so..
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