dying tomatoe plants - Knowledgebase Question

Carlsbad, Ca
Question by sandy856
June 6, 2009
The leaves on my tomato plants are getting black spots, then turning yellow and shriveling up. Branch by branch it keeps getting worse. I have been taking off the dead branches as they die, but now my plants are looking very sparse. Please help.

Answer from NGA
June 6, 2009


Black spots can indicate either a fungal or bacterial disease but I can't tell which without seeing the plant. Usually a copper based fungicide will help protect unaffected plant parts. Ortho Multi-Purpose Fungicide is registered for use on tomato plants. Be sure to apply according to label directions. Best wishes with your plants.

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