Vegetables and Fruit forum: Help with tomato plants

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Jpbunka
Jun 26, 2016 8:12 PM CST
Hello all,

I'm a relatively new gardener. Had an issue with blight a few years ago when we had really humid weather in the summer. Put a couple of tomatoe plants in a new raised planter and when I got back from a few days of vacation I noticed these spots on my plants I watered well before leaving and have water beads in the ground I was hoping would keep them safe and watered. I'd like to act fast if possible. Is this early blight?

Any ideas? I appreciate your help!


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Name: Paul Fish
Brownville, Nebraska (Zone 5b)
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PaulF
Jun 27, 2016 10:49 AM CST
Something is beginning, but for the most part they look pretty good. You don't list your location so it is hard to tell just how serious this beginning will become. The questions that would be asked are, how big is the planter, what did you use for soil, how often do you water and what do you do for replacing nutrients that may wash out of the planter. What are your tomato varieties, when were they planted and how big are the plants.

A little more information will help a lot.
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Jun 27, 2016 10:54 AM CST
Tomatoes are really prone to fungal disease so don't think that you necessarily did anything wrong.

You can always try some Daconil Fungicide. it is the best to use on tomato problems.

Jpbunka
Jun 27, 2016 5:49 PM CST
Hey both,

Thanks for the suggestions. I live in Michigan, water plants evening Rey to get just dirt. Planter box is a 2 x 6 x 1. Dirt is mix of 1/2 composted manure/ humus from Home Depot and miracle grow garden soil. Plants are burpee Roma tomatoe, some cherry tomatoe from our kitchen I planted in a pot with the kids and German queen heirloom. The picture not in a pot is heirloom tomatoe.

Anyone use copper fungicide or neem oil or is it a waste?

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Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Jun 27, 2016 5:58 PM CST
Neem won't do anything for tomato fungal diseases. I don't think you can or should use Copper on edibles. Daconil is safe and it works fairly well.

That yellow leaf is nothing unusual. Cult the entire leaf bracket off and throw it in the trash, not the compost pile.

Jpbunka
Jun 27, 2016 6:23 PM CST
thanks for the help!

I'll go out and get the spray. Should I spray the whole plant? I have pepper plants and green beens as neighbors do you think the fungus will spread?
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Jun 27, 2016 6:42 PM CST
No, the tomato fungus will not spread to anything other than tomatoes. Yes, spray the entire plant but remove those diseased leaves.
Name: Judy
Simpsonville SC (Zone 7b)
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SCButtercup
Jun 30, 2016 8:03 PM CST
safer brand sells a copper spray and it is labeled for veggies.

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