deformed tomato plants - Knowledgebase Question

bel air, Ma
Question by tfleiner
June 11, 2010
my tomato plants look deformed the tops have little balls on them and some leaves are curled or missing any ideas replaced 4 plants already thanks

Answer from NGA
June 11, 2010


Stunting and curled leaves can have several causes. Look for aphids within curled leaves. Nematodes (microscopic worms) that infest soils and tomato roots can caused stunted plants, malformed leaves, and yellowing. Bacterial canker causes leaf edges to curl upward, turn brown, wither, then die; the whole plant becomes stunted. Curly top, a virus, curls and twists leaves and stunts plants. Thickened, upward rolling, older leaves may be a sign of Psyllid Yellows. If you do not find aphids (a relatively easy-to-cure problem) and the symptoms appear to get worse, it may be time to dispose of the plant. Avoid planting in the same hole with another tomato plant. In the meantime, check for further symptoms of disease, and give the plant a good dose of fish emulsion fertilizer. Good luck and good gardening.

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