My tomatoe plant (I ) needs help ....

I bought 2 Tomato plants. They are still in original pots. I heard putting marigolds next to them helps ward off the bad bugs. That was about 2 or 3 weeks ago. They are going downhill rapidly. I experimented by putting one on my table in my screen room. The other is outside in full sun. Grill is acting as temporary table.
i don't want to plant these out front because with my Lupus and Myasthenia Gravis I have limited mobility and can't tolerate being in the sun or heat.
Can anyone please help me with some kind of answers?
I fertilized them. I think at first I gave them too much water but shouldn't they have recovered? Especially the one outside in full sun? And just how dry should I let them get? I have never been good with that balancing act.
Any help would be much appreciated.
q my tomatoe plant i needs help
q my tomatoe plant i needs help
  10 answers
  • Allison Allison on Jul 08, 2017
    If you can manage to get them transplanted into bigger pots, light colored in your area, they will feel much better. I would just use straight up composted manure so you won't have to fertilize. Throw a calcium tablet in the hole for the plant, as well, to keep blossom end rot at bay. The roots are cooking in those black pots and the plants are severely stressed.
  • Landsharkinnc Landsharkinnc on Jul 08, 2017
    Marigolds may help with nematodes in the soil...not from the fragrance
  • They will die in their original pots. They are never intended to grow in those pots and my guess the poor things are so rootbound they are strangled. They need to be placed in much larger containers immediately with the proper potting soil and caged properly, or placed in ground and caged. And they need to be outdoors for best results. Here is a link for you, good luck and now you know! 🍅

  • Gertrude Gertrude on Jul 08, 2017
    Tomato plants need a lot of water.Water every day.
    • Travis Abbott Travis Abbott on Jul 08, 2017
      Gertrude, Ive been growing tomatoes or sev years.and I had always heard that you had to water tomato plants every day. And that's what Ive always done ,but then I saw a video by a tomato "expert" he othe day and he said Not to water them everyday. He said only 2 or 3 times a week. I think it has to do with rot in the roots etc. Anyway Ive quit watering them every day and they seem to be doing fine. I do know that tomatoes need a lot of room for their roots to grow and spread out.
  • Marty Nicol Marty Nicol on Jul 08, 2017
    Don't water from the top or leave ...only at the bottom.
  • SandyG SandyG on Jul 08, 2017
    Transplant to different pots. Usually the pots plants come in are only for transporting and they need bigger pots so roots can spread.
  • Barb Barb on Jul 08, 2017
    Get yourself a patio pot or large container with holes on the bottom for drainage and miracl grow spikes or granular you mix with water place them in full sun.
  • Pat Pat on Jul 08, 2017
    I am sure you need to repot them. But if it will make you feel better, we have three tomato plants here in the midwest, planted in the ground, and they are not doing well this year. Last year they did so well......I personally think it was too hot when they started growing and blossoming but we water them every day and fertilize now and then. Now that the weather is cooler they are starting to look better. Ours are in the ground on the south side of our house so get lots of sun. Sun and water is what tomato plants need.
  • Melanie Heller Melanie Heller on Jul 08, 2017
    I'm na. heelchair so I don't it the yard other. Easier for me in a pot. However, not the original pots as they usually only for transporting. Transplant to larger pots, use a red pot for the right sunlight beams are reflected to the tomatoes. When Transplanting , bury roots up to the ottom branch, as tomatoes roots are shallow & this will give the tomatoes more roots to help them grow & produce. Also you should plant some type of calcium with them, a Tums is great for that, or cooked egg shells, etc. I find using pots that water from the bottom are best, or use a watering cone in the top that utilizes a 2 liter Coke or Pepsi bottle with a hole in the bottom large enough to water from the hose. The cones fit the top of the two liter bottle & water the tomatoes at the roots. This way I can also measure how much water I need to add at one time. I fertilize every two weeks, every two weeks I rotate a spoon full of Epsom Salts, & next two weeks a liquid like Miracle grow. Our soil is poor for growing even grass so have to fertilize. Hope this helps.
  • Gertrude Gertrude on Jul 09, 2017
    Travis, It all depends where you live.If it is a state of alot of heat,water every day.