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24/11/2011 at 15:27
very useful info - thanx
24/11/2011 at 15:27
I have been informed that once I have had this tomato infection I cannot grow tomatoes for seven years, is this true?
24/11/2011 at 15:27
didnt find an answer to the question as to whether the tomato blight area of last year has to wait 7 years before being planted again
24/11/2011 at 15:28
On Friday's Gardeners World, Joe Swift talked to a fellow allotment holder who sprayed his tomatoes against blight with potassium sulphate and lime. No more details - can anyone enlighten PLEASE? Lost all mine overnight!
24/11/2011 at 15:28
regarding tomato blight, I have just lost all mine this week for the third year in a row. First two years in the greenhouse, this year outside. Perhaps the seven year rule is correct. Any ideas? Have taken the usual precautions with cleanliness etc.
24/11/2011 at 15:28
I grow my tomtoes in deep pots, as yet I haven't had tomato blight I think useing fresh soil and not growing them near potato's helps, my friends had blight last year and again this year they are on an allotment so maybe it is easier to manage in the garden.
24/11/2011 at 15:28
I'd like to know if I can dispose of plants with tomato blight in our green bin which is collected by the council for composting. If I can't how do I dispose of them as I'm unable to have a bonfire to burn them?
24/11/2011 at 15:29
3rd year in a row, and I have blight on my toms again... just as the fruit were starting too appear as well.

Not a happy bunny at all.
24/11/2011 at 15:29
I was unsatisfied with the lack of answers here, worried that the blight in my tomatoes might spread to my nearby spuds and unsure what to do with the once beautiful plants I have pulled up....

I found this - think it covers just about all the issues raised: http://apps.rhs.org.uk/advicesearch/Profile.aspx?pid=217

Hopefully next year I might a few more tomatoes!!

Good Luck everyone!
24/11/2011 at 15:29
Now I know what happened to the beautiful crop of tomatoes my wife planted in our vegetable patch. Blight! My wife is Thai and usually is successful with most vegetables planted. Not this time! Thanks for the comments and web site. We will certainly be more careful next year. Good feature.
24/11/2011 at 15:29
i also have pulled up most of my plants in the greenhouse having lost the ones i put in the garden some weeks ago. this is the 1st year i've had blight so devistated! i had scrubbed the greenhouse with jeyes, dug out old soil & replaced with some lush old compost i had saved from my heap, it should have been a fab crop,(sob). was it something i did or just my turn??

dissapointed to not get some responses from the experts.
24/11/2011 at 15:29
As soon as it rains in May and June I spray my tomatoes with a strong tea made of yarrow and sometimes I add garlic and other herbs. It can prevent blight if used repeatedly and slows down an onslaught if it has already taken hold. Much better than using chemicals particularly if you want to eat the tomatoes.
24/11/2011 at 15:29
I've suffered blight for 5 or 6 years, but this year all ok.
3 years were outside and 2 or 3 inside.
How? I now only use united utilities tapwater for my 5 plants and all are perfect. I use water from my butts to give to my chillies and peppers.
I used clean tubs for my plants but did not disinfect my greenhouse.
Good luck for next year.
24/11/2011 at 15:29
im very interested to find out the answers to most of these questions. Where do i find the responses! Damn Blight, i've so many green tomatoes that are slowly being infected. I'm pullin the plants tonight
02/01/2012 at 17:26

I didn't even get to that point this year. I had 6 foot plants and no tomatoes, just flowers. So fed up, I had bought a green house for them this year and everything.

04/01/2012 at 09:14

I lost a huge crop of tomatoes last year from blight. I chose blight resistant potatoes last year and they were successful, but I didn't particularly like te taste of the varieties.

This year I sprayed both potatoes and tomatoes from july onwards with copper sulphate (available from Wilco) and had huge crops of both. I gave away pounds of tomatoes, cooked ate and froze them and was eating them until a week before Christmas. Potatoes I am still giving away because I grew a massive crop in order to clear my third plot.

I'm fairly sure the copper sulphate is organic, I am certain my tomatoes were delicious and going back to tasteless shop bought is difficult.

23/01/2012 at 15:51
Clearly your soils are holding the fungus so you need to do a soil test in the fall and add the missing nutrient in the fall so that after the winter rinse, (after melting) you may have to retest the soil again to see if the Fungus is still there, if so you must treat it again with the proper balance of nutrients to fight that fungus and you could also test your soil mid season while you have your plants in to see if it resurfaces, as it all depends on the strain of fungus and keeping your nutrients of your soils up. This is the most common with all gardening problems is not testing your soils often enough. There should be local soil nutrient seminars often to educate people on these easily solvable problems. Good Luck on striking that 7 year rule hipe, gardeners!!!
02/04/2012 at 13:42
Yes me too have decided to not even try, shame as we had some lovely crops in the past.
10/05/2012 at 22:05
I have heard that you need to remove the top 6" of soil and truck it right off your property in order to be able to grow the tomatoes again . I havn't tried this but I am going too . I want to plant some tomatos this coming weekend .
11/05/2012 at 09:34

There seems to be a bit of confusion between blight (an airborne fungal problem) and virus or bacteria (which are soil-based).

Blight, in terms of toms, has taken on a generic meaning. The term gets applied to any or all of the fungal problems that manifest mainly on tomato leaves. There are Blights - two of them, Early and Late - but also half a dozen other fungal problems that can resemble the Blights. Septoria Leaf Spot is only one of them.

Fungal spores are airborne. They're everywhere. You can't stop them if they're around. And once they've settled on the leaves and the disease has manifested, you can't cure it. The best you can do is take preventive measures against the spores.

The fungal spores' best friends are dampness, humidity and a lack of air circulation. Adequate space between plants and judicious trimming of excess foliage will help with air circulation.

Trimming the lower branches in order to maintain 10" to 12" between the lowest branch and the soil will help guard against reinfecting the plant during watering. Fungal spores fall from the leaves to the soil, watering can splash them back up onto the leaves, and the gap offers some protection.

Spraying is another means of prevention. Copper sprays have been around forever. Like the other preventive sprays, they coat the leaves, providing a barrier between the spores and the leaf surface. You have to spray both sides of the leaves, for obvious reasons, and respray after rain. Copper is classified, technically, as organic - because it's naturally-occurring - but it's still a metal. And it will kill foraging insects.

Other spraying options include chlorothalonyl-based products developed for tomato and other similar plants. They're chemical, but harmless to foraging insects. I've used them and found them the most effective preventive spray. But they're hard to come by for the domestic market.

As I said, once the fungal disease has manifested, there's no cure. If you catch it early enough, remove the affected leaves and destroy them. And bear in mind that you can transfer the spores from affected to unaffected leaves with your hands.

Of the Blights, Late Blight is the worst. It can and will kill a plant within weeks. Early Blight will eventually kill a plant, but, unless the infestation is severe, the plant will usually survive to the end of the season. Late Blight will also affect the fruit, unlike Early Blight, which doesn't usually, or at least not until late in the season. Nor do most of the other fungal diseases.

Fungal spores can and will live on on top of the soil. You don't need to remove the soil. Buried under a couple of inches of fresh soil, the spores remain harmlesss. Unless you stir them up again.

<a title="Early Blight" href="http://www.tomatodirt.com/tomato-blight-early.html" target="_blank">Here's some info on Early Blight, probably the most common fungal problem in the domestic tomato patch.</a>

<a title="Late Blight" href="http://www.tomatodirt.com/tomato-blight-late.html" target="_blank">Ditto on Late Blight, the most destructive of the Blights, but uncommon in the domestic tomato patch.</a>

<a title="Septoria Leaf Spot" href="http://www.tomatodirt.com/septoria-leaf-spot.html" target="_blank">Ditto on Septoria Leaf Spot, often confused with Early Blight, and just about equally common in the domestic tomato patch.</a>

These days you'll see hybrid tomato plants advertised as Blight-resistant. It doesn't mean they won't be affected by Blight - or the other fungal diseases - it just means they've been bred to battle on a bit longer.

Tomato virus and bacterial diseases are a different matter. They can be seed-borne or soil-borne. They're also less common in the domestic veg garden than fungal diseases because they ne

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