The Q&A Archives: Tomato plant problems

Question: My tomato plants are producing very tiny leaves that are all bunched together. Like they've been all scrunched up with no fruit. What am I doing wrong? I've fertilized them with Miracle Gro.

Answer: Carol,

I am sorry for this delayed reply to your gardening question. The spring rush has brought a deluge of questions and we are working hard to catch up!

Those symptoms sound like the plants were either exposed to a broadleaf herbicide product or they may have a virus. Viruses cannot be cured and the plants have to be pulled out and tossed away. Herbicide damaged plants likewise just have to be pulled up and thrown away. Herbicide damage to tomatoes in an urban or suburban setting typically comes from one of two activities. Either a weed and feed lawn fertilizer product applied near the plants somehow gets onto the tomato foliage or soaks down into their root systems. Or, a sprayer that was previously used for applying a herbicide is used for spraying to tomato foliage with another product. Residue left in the spray tank or even more typically in the spray tube and wand then ends up on the tomato plants.

Thanks for the question. Best wishes for a wonderful gardening season. Please stop in again soon!

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