Des Moines, Io
|The bottom leaves on our tomato plants have black spots. We keep on cutting them off but then more come out. We do have tomatoes on the plants which is great
|Answer from NGA
June 30, 2010
|There are a number of problems that can cause black or dark spots on the leaves, but in all cases you would remove and destroy the affected leaves as soon as they occur to prevent reinfection. Also, avoid overhead watering especially at night when there is no sun to help dry the leaves quickly. Rainy cool weather helps spread many foliar problems but overcrowding and lack of air circulation can also contribute to the problem, so you may want to consider pruning a bit if the vines are very thick. It is usually better to water tomato plants less often but deeply rather than a daily light sprinkling. The deeper watering encourages roots to grow deeper to where the soil tends to stay more evenly moist and this will assure the plants are not subjected to moisture stress -- very important if the season is a dry one. It also saves on water.
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