Vegetables and Fruit forum: What on earth is wrong with this tomato vine? Help!

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Name: Sasha Wiseman
Fl. (Zone 8b)
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DaisyRyder
May 3, 2017 8:29 AM CST
Out of thirty tomato plants, this is the only one that looks ... ill.
What is it? How can I fix it? Please tell me it's not contagious. I see no bugs, just hurt foliage. Leaves that look zapped with thin dry, brown spots.

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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Weedwhacker
May 3, 2017 9:53 AM CST
Sasha, it looks like all the damage is towards the bottom of the plant and the upper part is okay? If so, I'd just take those bottom branches off. Looks like something really attacked it, but I don't think it's a "disease."
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
May 3, 2017 10:42 AM CST
Looks like flea beatle damage.
They hang out in soil and there tinyer than a flea. They dont bite.
To get rid of. Used dry coffee grounds. Sprinkle on plants and ground.
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Gymgirl
May 3, 2017 1:29 PM CST
I'm inclined to guess you've got some pill bugs sheltering in place under those wood chips. They come out at night and cling to the leaves as they munch. Flea beetles leave more of a uniform, tiny buckshot pattern in the leaves, and, not sure I see that in these leaves.

Also, looks like the water is hitting the leaves. Aim for the base of the plant. If you have a small square of weed cloth, I'd put it around the base of the plant to reduce splash back...

And, as Sandy suggested, snip off all the leaves higher than 18" from the soil... I tip my hat to you.
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
May 4, 2017 8:21 AM CST
That also could be. Put a board on ground and check in early morning. All sorts of bugs love to hide under boards on ground.
Could be earwigs to. Alongside board put a short peice of hose. In morning dump hose into jar of soapy water. Along with the Coffee grounds, and other advice ?πŸ˜•?
I think you'll have all bases covered.
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Name: Sasha Wiseman
Fl. (Zone 8b)
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DaisyRyder
May 5, 2017 7:14 AM CST
Wow! Incredibly helpful. And all taken to heart.
Automatic irrigation, I'll be sure to check its spray pattern.
In the meantime, I'll put down a board and start saving coffee grounds.
Thank you very much.
Name: Sasha Wiseman
Fl. (Zone 8b)
I'm quite frond of plants.
Garden Art Multi-Region Gardener Hummingbirder Keeper of Koi Seed Starter Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Fruit Growers Garden Ideas: Level 2
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DaisyRyder
May 13, 2017 11:12 AM CST
Well, I did what you said. Put a piece of cardboard down and covered it with mulch. The next morning there were indeed a plethora of bugs. Mostly gray slug like things curled up in a ball, centipede looking creatures, gray brown caterpillars, tiny scurrying black things and something that did resemble a pill bug (after I googled the image). I cut the lower leaves off. Sprinkled coffee grounds, diatomaceous earth and sprayed need oil around the base. It seems to be making a come back.
Now, the same thing is happening to some dianthus but the dianthus is in a giant garden pot ... will repeat the practices and see if it helps. Thanks again for the suggestions.
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
May 13, 2017 3:35 PM CST
Commader Sasha ::: Fire all weapons again tonite. ::: Captain Kirk.:::Enterprise:::Out !!! ::: PS :::
Good job Sasha Thumbs up :::
Hope you squished them buggers under that board ! :::πŸ˜œπŸ‘ΉπŸ‘Ί:::
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Name: Sasha Wiseman
Fl. (Zone 8b)
I'm quite frond of plants.
Garden Art Multi-Region Gardener Hummingbirder Keeper of Koi Seed Starter Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Fruit Growers Garden Ideas: Level 2
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DaisyRyder
May 14, 2017 8:15 AM CST
Philipwonel said:Commader Sasha ::: Fire all weapons again tonite. ::: Captain Kirk.:::Enterprise:::Out !!! ::: PS :::
Good job Sasha Thumbs up :::
Hope you squished them buggers under that board ! :::πŸ˜œπŸ‘ΉπŸ‘Ί:::
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I am a die hard Trekkie Phillip. You just made my day. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜„πŸ˜Š
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Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
May 14, 2017 8:31 AM CST
LLAP ! πŸ˜• ??? What ? Oh. I see. πŸ˜ƒ
I'm a trekie also πŸ‘Ή ???
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Except them dam Borg. πŸ‘ΊπŸ‘ΊπŸ‘Ί
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