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Old 06-01-2002, 05:32 PM
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Post We're having Tomato Problems!!!

Does anyone know the symptoms of tomato plant "blight"?
We have about 8 or 9 tomato plants and 2 of them have started to die. My mother and father can't decide if it is "blight"or bugs that eat off of the tomato plant leaves.
The two plants have their bottom leaves first turning brown, then it slowly creeps up on the rest of the plant. Also,the leaves that begin to die on the stem that is attached to the plant, then spreads to the tips of the leaves, and finally moves on to the next leaf.
If anyone knowsthe answer to this tomato plant problem,please offer a solution.I am desperate!!!
katiebird, the cat lover!!!
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Old 06-03-2002, 12:24 PM
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A few years back some of my plants had "blight." It tends to attack the leaves, but more so the fruit looks like it has black spots on it and rot. Usually the soil has an acidic base that tomatos don't like and retains too much moisture also (their roots stay wet). The next year I planted them in a different spot and really babied the soil in that area. I haven't had problems since. Hope that helps.
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Old 06-03-2002, 04:19 PM
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Symptoms of tomato blight

Katiebird, you may indeed have blight, but which of these types of blight your tomatoes have will be easier to determine when you compare symptoms of each:

EARLY BLIGHT: Is a fungal disease most active in warm, moist weather. Spores are spread by wind, splashing water, and seeds. They can overwinter in plant debris left in the garden and on tomato-family weeds, such as wild nightshades.

Description: Irregularly shaped brown spots with a subtle bull's-eye pattern appearing on the lower leaves, then gradually moving higher. Badly infected leaves turn yellow and drop off. Fruits have dark, sunken blemishes. Seedlings may have a spot on the stem.

Solution: Spray, use good garden sanitation, rotation of crop placement and buy healthy, resistant seedlings. Look for a synthetic fungicide registered for tomatoes that contains the active ingredient maneb, or mancozeb. If sprays don't work, remove the infected plant and fallen debris from the garden. To avoid spreading blight, water at ground level and never work among the wet plants. Rotate tomatoes and related crops with others on a two to three year cycle.

TOMATO LATE BLIGHT: Is also a fungal disease. Its psores germinate in humid weather when days are moderately warm and nights are cool. Carried by wind, water and tools. The fungus overwinters in potatoes left in the ground and also on tomato-family weeds.

Description: Dark green or brown patches appear on leaves and stems. In humid weather, leaf undersides develop gray fuzz. The stem ends of fruits have slick brown areas. Badly infected leaves drop and the plant often dies.

Solution: To discourage this disease, spray, avoid crowding and practice good sanitation. See above solution EXCEPT don't use a fungicide containing metalaxyl as many late-blight strains are resistant to it.

Also to prevent this problem in the future, remove all tomato-family plants such as potatoes, eggplants and weeds, including nightshade, after harvest and throughout the winter. Especially destroy volunteer potato plants which can harbor this disease.

Hope this helps and good luck.

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