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Its my first time growing tomatoes in the greenhouse. Almost all the tomatoes on the lowest trusses have some kind of rot / infection. See pic below
I'd love to know
Thanks for your reply. Strange that I've had the lowest tomatoes doing this for 3 to 4 weeks now, but remainder (75%) and plants all healthy. If it is blight what are the ramifications for the soil (they are planted into the ground, not gowbags)?
Again, many thanks for any help
James, are there absolutely no signs of disease on the foliage or stems/branches?
No - its only on the lowest fruit. The rest of the toatoes are all slowly ripening / still growing. My only thought was that these tomatoes would have been the only ones to have been splashed by me watering, so I wondered if that could somehow be the cause (the waterbutt water certainly isn't drinkable!), or maybe splash up from the earth?
Here's the proof
Mmmmm. If it were one of the common fungal or bacterial diseases there would be symptoms elsewhere. It looks a wee bit like Late Blight -
- but it can't be with no other symptoms. And if it were Late Blight it would have demolished the plants within your two or three week time frame.
Any chance of it being fertiliser burn?
Nice toms, though, and I like your gap between the lowest foliage and the soil. Good housekeeping!
No blight in the greenhouse so far, but the plants on the allotments succomed weeks ago. Something to do with growing them alongside potatoes which also have succomed to blight.
I agree it does look a bit like the photo of late blight. Maybe I've just been lucky - I've removed the fruit as soon as I noticed a problem.
I have used liquid tomato fertiliser - that could be the issue and would explain why its only the lower ones where I watered
Gary, both Early and Late Blight affect spuds and toms so, if the spores are around, they are going to spread.
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I agree it does look a bit like the photo of late blight. Maybe I've just been lucky - I've removed the fruit as soon as I noticed a problem. I have used liquid tomato fertiliser - that could be the issue and would explain why its only the lower ones where I watered
Late Blight usually manifests on leaves and branches/stems before it spreads to the fruit. If it's the fruit alone that's damaged, I suspect something else has impacted.
If it's a blight - let's call it fungal - issue, it has no devastating impact on the soil. If Late Blight, the spores don't live on in soil. If Early Blight, much more common, spores can have fallen to the soil. Turn the soil over and bury them. Buried, they're harmless. Ditto the other fungal diseases. A scrub of the greenhouse with a 1:10 bleach solution will deal with any lingering nasties.
Given reasonable precautions, reinfection from spores from the previous season is pretty rare. Most infections are new ones. Fresh spores arrive every season. They travel on the breeze. There's really no avoiding them.
This looks very much like blight to me, don't forget we've just had the wettest summer ever which favours blight spread. Unusual though that there are no lesions on the foilage. Best to remove infected fruit and ' infected 'whole' branches and hope for the rest to ripen. Too much humidity in glass house will favour spread of spores but it has been so wet with very early dews and dusk dews. Mine in soil in the garden have a few infected plants - those in pots on a South facing wall seem to be OK, better pollination and fruit set - a long time to ripen though - may be the year for Tom Chutney????
I agree with the above. Looks like Late Blight.
Leaves infected with Late Blight develop water-soaked patches that turn brown. In humid weather there may be a white, downy growth on spots. Over time the spots expand rapidly and become brown to purplish- black as tissue dies. Plant may look “frosted”.
Fruits can be affected at any stage. Large irregular, rough, brown-green lesions can be found on the fruit. The disease (which is devastating in potatoes) can also cause severe losses in tomatoes when conditions are favourable (cool, wet weather) resulting in severe defoliation.
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