[tomato] Plants too close?

Diane Tang (Tomato@GlobalGarden.com)
Thu, 17 Jun 1999 09:57:17 -0700


This is my first year growing anything, and I think that I may have planted
the tomato plants too close together.  The symptoms:

-- yellow branches and leaves, especially the bottom ones
-- some of the yellow ones are dried up to a crisp
-- the sungold cherry tomato plant has had tomatoes on it for almost 3 weeks
	on it, but none of them have ripened.   Is it normal for it to take
	that long for them to ripen?

The situation:
-- I'm in No. Cal, where the weather has been quite variable
-- The plants are about 18-24 inches apart
-- They're about 2-3 feet tall
-- I have been watering (every 2-3 days) and feeding (once a week) them

I took some of the leaves to the local gardening store, and they don't think
it's any disease.

My question:

What do I do to save my plants?

Would it be best to just take one of them out of the ground so that the
others can get more nutrients?  It's 3 yellow pear plants and 1 sungold
plant.  Only 1 sungold and 1 yellow pear plants are actually bearing fruit
right now, although they do all have flowers.