Wilted tomato plant question

Xerocles

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First logistics. HEAVY clay earth. Last rain 4 days ago. Daytime temps mid to upper 60s. Scant 8 hrs sun per day. Plant was About 12" tall at planting. Hole dug 12" deep. Bottom filled with compost, potting soil, and rabbit manure. Bottom sets of leaves stripped, planted with 4 sets of leaves above ground. Filled with compost, potting soil and rabbit manure mixture.
Planted almost 4 weeks ago. Doing beautifully, growing, new leaves. Last evening it was wilted. Prostrate, flat on the ground limp wilted. Figured to dig it up this morning to find out what bug had eaten the roots. This morning, it was standing proud, still ok this evening. Some yellowing of the lower leaves
Neighboring tomatoes in the row not affected at all.
Just a head scratcher? Or a symptom of things to come?
 

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Thinking some animal (grubs) below ground that plant was able to overcome.
 

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First logistics. HEAVY clay earth. Last rain 4 days ago. Daytime temps mid to upper 60s. Scant 8 hrs sun per day. Plant was About 12" tall at planting. Hole dug 12" deep. Bottom filled with compost, potting soil, and rabbit manure. Bottom sets of leaves stripped, planted with 4 sets of leaves above ground. Filled with compost, potting soil and rabbit manure mixture.
Planted almost 4 weeks ago. Doing beautifully, growing, new leaves. Last evening it was wilted. Prostrate, flat on the ground limp wilted. Figured to dig it up this morning to find out what bug had eaten the roots. This morning, it was standing proud, still ok this evening. Some yellowing of the lower leaves
Neighboring tomatoes in the row not affected at all.
Just a head scratcher? Or a symptom of things to come?
Limp is water. In your efflourescent description, I probably missed your description of the elevation of the plant relative to your local water experience. I hesitate to ask for more detail, but limp vs plump is interesting in the spring of this year.
 

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Limp is water. In your efflourescent description, I probably missed your description of the elevation of the plant relative to your local water experience. I hesitate to ask for more detail, but limp vs plump is interesting in the spring of this year.
Right. LOTS of rain this year. Heavy clay=holds water. Thus the extra deep hole with compost in the bottom, in case water "puddled" in the hole. LOTS of mulch on entire plot. If anything, too much water, but never heard of that causing wilting.
 

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I think I figured out out. TOO MUCH water. Bottom leaves turned yellow. I had stripped the bottom leaves, and planted deep. The original roots were deep in the clay hole. Water probably seeped in and partially filled the hole. They started rotting, thus the wilt. But the new roots, up the stem, were able to take over and "revived" the plant.
:idunno
My Best inexperienced guess. We're getting more rain today. Hope it doesn't wipe out the whole crop.:fl
 
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