Black Spots On Leaves - Knowledgebase Question

Monroe, NJ
Question by dlt4
July 24, 2000
my tomato plants have black spots on the leaves. it also seems that they are dying. my garden is watered everyday at 4:30 in the morning. this is my first year having this problem. how can i save my tomato plants?


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Answer from NGA
July 24, 2000

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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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