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Discussion in 'Gardening & Plant Propagation' started by PLPP, May 31, 2006.
Ok here are some photos of my tomatoe plants, what is this and can we save the plants?
it looks like rust and your garden center will have a spray for it
That looks like what I treated as blight.....and what my maters got last year and was identified as blight.....
That's precisely what my plants looked like.....
Don't know yet if I did the right thing....
kinda looks like blight. Not sure. Not much you can do about blight though.
Mulch,Mulch,Mulch. To not let the rain splash up on to the plant from the soil.
Since I was asked, it's too early for blight and that doesn't have those symptoms. All I see is the results of flea beetle bites. Normally they are a non-issue since they don't cause any permanent damage. Also, we mainly have only a single variety in the northern zones and they are quite cyclical. That is, they show up in mid-May and are gone by mid-June.
I would worry more about what the new leaves look like, not so much the older ones. Your newer leaves seem fine.
Have the nights been colder than 50 degrees, or are your tomatoes planted in a low spot where cool air collects?
When temps are below 50, the plant becomes unable to uptake nitrogen, even if there is plenty available in the soil and tomato plant leaves develop white spots or turn white at the edges.
In most cases with cool temps, the problem is only temporary and nothing to worry about.
Take a leaf to a garden expert to be sure.
Yeah I also need to get a good way to get rid of the weeds, we plowed the grass under and look at all the weeds and grass, is there anyway to get that out without picking by hand everyday? What is a good Mulch I heard NEwspaper and straw was a good econmical way.
The nights are not getting cold. It is humid and hot here.
We mulch with newspaper and straw/hay/grass clippings/leaves as soon as possible after planting. Plowing under grass just seems to invigorate the grass and help it spread. Mulching after weeding should help.
I had spots like these, but never saw a bug on the maters. However, when I had the same damage on the potatoes, I found the culprit - flea beetles. Dusted the maters and taters, and voila! No more spots!