Too much rain is making my tomatoes get yellow leaves.

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They are in a container with 2 pepper plants. All 6 plants are heavy with fruit. There is nothing I can do about the weather, but I am worried about the tomatoes. If it ever gets hot and sunny again, will they be alright? I do plan on feeding them again once they actually need water.
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  • Monica Poindexter Monica Poindexter on Aug 09, 2013
    Go to the dollar store and buy some cheap sponges. Press them onto the sides of the container to soak up the excess rainwater. You can then squeeze out the water for plants that may need water.

  • 173371 173371 on Aug 09, 2013
    Thank you for the suggestions but this doesn't answer my question because the container is wood, 3 feet deep and 6 feet long. Putting sponges on the sides would accomplish nothing.

  • Connie Connie on Aug 09, 2013
    Is there any way to cover them for future rains? Perhaps plastic bags or umbrella if the wind is not crazy? I know I have thrown plastic sheeting over my gardens before or during many days of rain to protect what I could. Is there a way to add drainage to the pots? Perhaps drilling holes in the sides (if plastic) quite low to drain what is soaking the roots? Monica I like your idea of the sponges. I will remember that for future reference.

    • 173371 173371 on Aug 09, 2013
      @Connie The container drains out of the bottom. My husband built it and put holes in for me. I have thought about covering it, but even if I do, will the plants be okay after the rain is over? Even though they have yellow leaves on the bottoms of the plants?

  • Douglas Hunt Douglas Hunt on Aug 10, 2013
    The plants should recover if they dry out. You might try an iron foliar spray as an added insurance policy.

  • Connie Connie on Aug 10, 2013
    The yellow leaves means too much water...if it is sunny and ry out leave them alone so they can dry naturally or use the sponge method as suggested to take out as much residual water, I would only cover them at this point if it is raining still to prevent more water saturation. Other than that like Doug says they should weather well. I do not know this iron foliar spray he mentions as I am no sprays unless it is vinegar or soap for bugs. I will have to look that up for reference. Another thought is to have them get some wind if there is some as that will dry out water saturation at least on the plants themselves and the top of the soil. Tomatoes are quite vigorous as long as we do not get the dreaded blight again but no signs in my corner of the world yet. Good luck let us know how it goes.

  • Jud1016678 Jud1016678 on Jun 08, 2015
    Need drainage holes! They are sitting in too much water!

  • Lyn Therese Lyn Therese on Aug 24, 2015
    Next year try putting coffee filters over the stones so that dirt does not clog the drainage holes. I have used Styrofoam plates cut to size and laid the plate over the holes. It prevents soil from clogging the drainage holes. When dealing with wood, people tend to drill small holes and then the water saturates the wood and the wood then swells and the holes are even smaller. Try bigger holes and some type of filter over the holes....good luck.