Trouble with tomatoes?

Fixing common issues with tomato plants

Just because we’re in the middle of tomato season doesn’t mean everyone’s fruit is ripening perfectly on the vine. Here are three common tomato problems and some advice from the Lawn & Garden folks at on how to fix them:

Yellowing/discolored leaves

Your plant could be suffering from phosphorus or calcium deficiency. Feed it with an organic vegetable/tomato fertilizer.

Container tomatoes with withering stems

If your container plant is dying, then it’s probably not getting enough water. Water regularly and evenly—don’t let it dry out before watering—and mulch to help with evaporation.

Splitting tomatoes

Another effect of uneven watering. Too much water after waiting for soil to dry out gives the fruit more than it can handle leading to splitting.