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Tomato problems

Posted: 04/09/2014 at 13:46
So, having worried a few weeks ago about blight - when it was rightly pointed out that instead my toms had suffered hail damage - I have unquestionably found some blight this time!

I get the free alerts from Blight Watch and for the first time this year got an alert at the end of last week. Sure enough, yesterday I found two of my plants with a 'scorched' appearance across fruit and stems, wet sunken patches on leaves etc.

I salvaged what fruit I could from those plants and then binned them. I've now given the rest of the plants I have a close inspection. Probably half of them have the odd shrivelled brown fruit and some dark patches on the stem - but otherwise those plants look healthy. So I've stripped off most of the leaves, thrown away any affected fruits and am now hoping for the best.

As it is, in SE England where I am, the extended weather forecast seems good, no rain on the horizon at all. Does what I've done above sound ok therefore? Or do I still risk the blight spreading and should cut my losses and pick everything?


Posted: 20/08/2014 at 18:05

Like Tomsk, mine have suffered from a particularly nasty hail storm. It's affected the more exposed fruit (obviously), higher up the plants, but I think they'll still be ok for cooking. Less aethethically pleasing for snacking.

I'm slightly kicking myself for only sowing seeds in April. Last year I started them in Feb but had to keep the plants inside until late May due to the v cold spring - hence they were very light-starved by that point. That made me hold-off this year but, comparing the two years, I think actually last year's yellow, feeble looking plants recovered incredibly quickly once the weather got warmer and they were getting plenty of sun. Plus I think last year's harvest was better overall, although the bulk of mine this year are still to ripen.

So, in short, next year I'm going for a February sowing. If spring is cold, I know that delaying putting them outside makes them look unhealthy but they recover and, if it's a warm spring like this year, by mid-August they should be nearer the end rather than the beginning of their harvest time.

That's what I've learnt this year anyway!

Tomato problems

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 10:17
Yes mine are the same from the hail. Thanks to those above for the diagnosis! I'm in a similar position Tomsk. I deliberately waited until late in Spring to get mine started from seed because last year, with one of the coldest springs on record, my toms were getting light starved as I had to keep them inside as there were still frosts. Of course Sod's law has meant if I'd started them earlier this year they'd have been fine as it was a dry warm spring. Sigh!

I wouldn't worry too much if yours aren't ripening yet. Main thing is if they're pretty much up to size as then they'll easily ripen inside (egg boxes, with bananas in drawers etc) but I'm hoping that this more changeable August might lead to a drier warmer September anyway.

Tomato problems

Posted: 16/08/2014 at 11:39
Ah, hail! I didn't think of that - that's the answer... Thanks guys! I've already removed all leaves below bottom truss. Should I get rid of damaged leaves higher up too tho?

Tomato problems

Posted: 16/08/2014 at 08:23


Thank you italophile!

here you go 



Tomato problems

Posted: 15/08/2014 at 18:23
Argh. My tomato plants have been doing so well this year and I've had the first fruits ripening over the last week or so. It's rained just about every day this week so I haven't needed to water and haven't been out to look at them for only the last 48 hrs. Yet, in that time, they've clearly developed something nasty. All the lower leaves have gone papery and have rips in them. Stems and fruits have small pale pock marks on them. Fruit stems seem to have gone brittle - I handled an unripe one and it came off easily in my hand. My fear is blight. But none of the leaves are yellow or brown. The marks on the fruit are small indents but don't look as sinister as pics of blight I've seem online. Could it be too much rain? We've had daily, heavy showers for the last week or so - including some pretty vicious thunderstorms. Could the strong winds have ripped the leaves and other symptoms are too much water? Will post pics tomorrow. Depressed.

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Posted: 09/08/2014 at 19:22

i just picked about 10 off my brussel sprouts - despite nematodes going in a week ago.

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Posted: 02/08/2014 at 20:06

I know that once this year's canes have finished you cut them down to the ground but do you prune next year's canes at the same time? I've got one cane which is probably about 7 or 8 foot long now... Or do I wait till spring and prune then to encourage bushing out? If so, how far do I prune..?

What to do with my Garlic

Posted: 22/06/2014 at 11:08
Hmm, I've just harvested mine. Shame as some of the bulbs appear to have split although I don't think I've had them in the ground too long? They were autumn planted. Some orange maggots around the roots too so not sure if they're to blame?

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Posted: 17/06/2014 at 14:11

I think I might give it go... I've got some onion fertilser and new multipurpose...

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