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Posted: 14/08/2012 at 19:53

Right, I'd appreciate some help with a few further tomato issues I'm having!

First of all, one of the Sungold plants is half the height of the others and the stem is going a rather nasty shade of brown. Stem rot?

 The plant itself does have fruit, not that much though. Should I give up on it? I wondered whether repotting it and burying some of the healthy stem to give out more roots would help? Pic of whole plant below.

 Then, on a completely different note, am growing Black Russians for the first time which I'm quite excited about. Generally, they're doing okay I think. But one plant (below) has got some fruit which are looking very nice (e.g. on the right) but some which are all misshapen at the base. It doesn't look like bottom end rot, nor does it quite look like they've split from inconsistent watering. Maybe they fill out?!



Posted: 09/08/2012 at 12:33

curses, i hoped you might say they were allergic to them or something...

i'm not quite sure how i could get cages sorted. don't suppose you know if there's something i could use as a deterrent?


Posted: 09/08/2012 at 11:12

Gah, I just saw a squirrel rummaging around one of my tom plants this morning. And we have loads of squirrels in our garden! Are they likely to cause any damage / problems?


Posted: 06/08/2012 at 16:00

hah, ok, wasn't sure about the baking soda thing anyway.

interesting re the flowers. i did wonder about non-pollination but wasn't sure as have never seen that happen before (but had read about it). it doesn't sound like any fungi / bacteria would specifically attack the flowers in this way so makes sense to me...


Posted: 06/08/2012 at 13:53

ok, brilliant, thanks for the advice. i guess i just continue using baking soda spray / pruning infected branches? i'm in the se and it sounds like dryer weather could be coming which hopefully will help...

first time on this forum so really appreciate the help. i've also got a different problem with some of my Black Russians - some of the flowers have bloomed, shrivelled, and died - without bearing fruit. i'm less worried about them than the romas as they look like healthier plants but would be interested to see if anyone's got ideas.


Posted: 06/08/2012 at 13:44

In the past, I've definitely found that feeding them too early does this.


Posted: 06/08/2012 at 08:55

 ok, here's a photo that shows it better i think. you can see the big fruit towards the bottom right has one of these sunken spots on it, white in the middle but with a raised black border.

i described it as a 'hole' but it doesn't look as if anything's gone in it! but maybe it has...

most of the fruits on the romas have got at least one of these spots on, some have got several where they're smaller but the spots look more speckly.

you might be able to see that some of the leaves have got holes in, look quite 'papery,' and/or have yellow/brown patches too. i've cut away most branches which have been badly affected though.



Posted: 05/08/2012 at 20:14

Am pretty sure it's not blossom end rot - these spots are generally on the sides of the fruit for starters. Not the best photo but hopefully this gives you an idea.

Thanks for your advice!



Posted: 04/08/2012 at 13:29
Not having much luck with my tomatoes this year. When it got wet in early summer, I noticed my bush Roma plants were looking unhealthy, leaves starting to develop brown, yellow patches, holes etc. I did some pruning to get the leaves away from the soil, suspecting blight, and they did start to improve - I suspect thanks to the hot spell.

Now the weather's been more changeable, they've worsened (again I've got rid of affected branches) and more worryingly, a lot of the green fruit have got distinctive black 'holes' on them. A few flowers and their stems have also withered and gone brown.

Looking around, seems pretty clear this is bacterial spot, not blight. I've tried using a baking soda spray but suspect I'm too late. I'm wondering about spraying with Bayer Fruit and Veg fungus stuff too?

I've got 3 Roma bushes and then 10 assorted vines, which are healthier... But similar symptoms are now starting to develop.

Any thoughts/help greatly appreciated! Should I give up on the Roma bushes? They're pretty heavy with full size green fruit, and fresh growth is still coming. If I get some of the Bayer stuff, could that turn them, or at least the vines around?
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