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Tomato - cold weather damage


Tomato leaves curl up, pollination is poor and the fruit might develop scars and holes.
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Sun-loving tomatoes can suffer outdoors during spells of cold weather, with ideal temperatures from 18-24˚C and no lower than 13˚C. If it is too cold there might be poor pollination, curling of leaves and the fruits might be scarred, with holes.
Tomato leaves curl up, pollination is poor and the fruit might develop scars and holes.
Don't plant out tomatoes until temperatures in early summer have risen, especially at night. If in doubt, plant the tomatoes into generous-sized pots so the roots have plenty of room to grow and stand them outside on warm days, bringing them indoors when the temperatures drop. By late-June it's usually safe to leave them outside in a sheltered, south-facing, sunny position. When temperatures dip again at the end of summer and early autumn, give tomato plants overnight protection with horticultural fleece, which should keep them safe until the first frosts.

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samar 24/11/2011 at 15:27

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Lifechange 15/04/2012 at 09:26

I have some young tomatoe seedlings which I am bringing on in an unheated greenhouse. I also have some young tumbling plants & standard plants bought from a garden centre which are much further on than my seedlings. however, I have notices over the past few days that they are all beinging to look as though the leaves are turning yellow & some early flowers have died on my tumblers. Could this be that the cold weather is affecting them. The temperature in my greenhouse over night has been around +1-2 deg C

ajlawler@manx.n 07/06/2014 at 19:23

My toms have developed black mottled leaves which I have removed but the new leaves are just the same. I have not fed them yet as the three trusses as yet have not set.what is the problem, what can I do to solve it and will it affect the toms please? I have grown the toms from seedgrow on I n green house in growbags and have never had this problem before.

Jim 02/05/2015 at 16:19

My tomatoes have mauve stems and curled leaves, is this down to the cold????

Elusive 02/05/2015 at 22:18

It sure is Jim, Darkening of leaves is a sign of cold damage on many plants.

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