The Q&A Archives: Tomatoes

Question: All my tomato plants have curling leaves. Is this
a wilt or from the heat? Also something eats my
tomatoes off the vine. I guess either rabbits or

Answer: The exact cause of tomato leaf roll is not fully known. It appears about the time of fruit setting, and gives the leaves a cupped appearance. The condition appears to be more common on staked and pruned plants and occurs when excessive rainfall or overwatering keeps the soil wet for extended periods of time. It is also related to intensive sunlight which causes carbohydrates to accumulate in the leaves. Some varieties of tomatoes have characteristically curled leaves. Your plants should continue to produce fruit with or without curled leaves.

Rabbits usually nibble on fruit but they don't run off with it; raccoons, on the other hand, will pick a fruit right off the vine. The only way to protect your tomatoes is to cage the plant with chicken wire.

Best wishes with your tomato plants!

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