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    Next time this happens compost removal isn’t necessary unless you had seen movement in the compost or anything suspicious from just taking it out the pot,they’d be near the bottom where it’s wettest,that tomatoes probably a bit droopy looking today,they’re sensitive when you pot them on,have you potted it on into a larger container & spread the roots out a bit,plant it as deep as you can & stake it to help support it.
    If you water the gherkins & courgette from below when they’re in little pots it avoids getting the stem wet that could lead to stem rot,I sit mine on a tray of water,they don’t like being too wet.
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    Ive scrapped the tomato plant i got out to check anyway. I have more than I will plant out, im just waiting to see which ones look the strongest.
    I water all my plants from bellow for the last 2 or 3 weeks since i got a load of saucers for them. I had a feeling some of the problems could be from letting them sit too long in the saucer full of water. I want aware at first that you shouldnt do that.
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    An update on the tomato plants.
    At first I thought it was specific to the minibell plants (not tumbling tom as i mistakingly stated before).
    The two minibell plants from a different windowsill at first looked like they were suffering from the same problem but not as much, I thought they would be the same as the others after a few days, but now I see that those two are doing well and the 6 on the other sill are not doing well at all.
    Ive given them a good spraying with epsom salts yesterday and today but they are still the same. They are so limp Ive had to tie them to a garden cane to stop them falling and breaking.
    So it must be something to do with the location.
    They are west facing so getting the afternoon sun after 1 or 2pm so not the strongest sun of the day, but more hours of it.
    The radiator was possibly on an hour a day very low before then problem started but has been off ever since I noticed.
    The window is open for 10 hours a day so there is some air circulation.
    They are potted in a mix of something like 50% coco coir, 40% compost, 10% perlite, as are all my tomatoes, even the ones doing well.
    They have had the same water and fertiliser as the other plants too.
    The only other thing I can think of is they are next to 2 gherkin plants that have some leaf problems, as mentioned before.
    I really have no idea. I was hoping it would be fixed with the espom salts but since noticing that its only the plants that are in a specific room/window and the other two are fine, it seems unlikely its a nutrient problem.

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    Not enough direct sunlight causing the plants to become weak and straggly by the sound of it - in the ideal world you would be moving them now to an outside bed with a bit of glass or plastic cover to keep them warm and also let them get as much light as possible.

    Depending on your access to space and protection for your plants, then the nearer you can get to this ideal the better.
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    Just get the tomato plants outdoors ASAP! We are going into the last week of May now and there is no chance of any frost for England looking at the forecasts. You should have put them outdoors 7-10 days ago ideally. I have had some plants in the ground since mid April and they're fine.

    All of my tomato plants are outdoors now and have been for over a week, both in the ground and in pots. They are already growing like weeds now under the strong sunshine at this time of year and perfect daytime temps. Even when the nights drop into the single digits, it doesn't really faze them due to the daytime warmup at this time of year.

    You are actually putting them at a disadvantage on the windowsill as they won't be getting as much direct sunlight as they would get outdoors in a sunny spot, and the sunlight on the windowsill is filtered by the window. So you are leaving them vulnerable to light stretching, as well as increasing the chances of these pest attacks. Just get them outdoors. We are about to go into June!
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    They will be out in a few days, I'm in the middle of hardening them off.
    Though I've left it a bit later than I should have to put them out, it still doesnt account for why some plants are so bad and others of the same are doing well. I'm sure there must be something else happening here.

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    I don't think there's much wrong with them. The roots look fine, they have got sunscorch as JJ said previously and they are a bit leggy due to being grown indoors - too much warmth/not enough light.

    As soon as they get outside they will be fine.
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    Epsom salt takes a few days before you see an improvement on the patchy looking leaves. Put them outside in the shade of a fence or anything,they’ll still have enough daylight. The sun was making some of mine limp in the direct sun,they need hardening up to cope with all weather conditions,mine seem quite hard now,but to begin with they had to be in the shade especially midday it’s like they were fainting but when you put them in the shade,they get over it
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