The Q&A Archives: topsy turvey tomato plant

Question: I planted my tomato plant acording to instructions. It has produced lots of stems and leaves. It developed a black substance on the stems. I sprayed it with Seven spray. The black stuff is still there. I sprayed it about ten days ago. Also, there have been a few blooms, but they didn't develope. Can you advise me?

Answer: Sevin is an insecticide, not a fungicide so I don't think it would do anything for the black on the stems. And, Sevin kills all insects, including the bees that might visit your flowers and transfer pollen so the flowers will turn into fruits. So you may have chased them all away with your Sevin applications. I don't know what the black substance might be. If the leaves look healthy and your plant is producing flowers, I think you will eventually get fruits. Just be patient with your plant. Best wishes with your topsy turvey planter!

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