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One curly sad tomato....

Posted: 13/06/2012 at 07:23

A photo would be great. Posting photos isn't hard. Take one, load it onto your computer, click on the Insert Image or Photo button (third from right in the menu above the posting box), click Upload, then Save as prompted.


One curly sad tomato....

Posted: 13/06/2012 at 07:14

Any chance of a photo? How is it twisted? Distorted? Shrivelled? The plant itself or just the leaves? Any more info would be useful.


Posted: 12/06/2012 at 08:03

You can swat them away but they'll return. You can hang sticky traps - like old-fashioned fly paper - nearby and it will deal with a number of of them. You can spray with something like pyrethrum but, again, they will be back. They're one of the most dificult pests to eradicate. The only upside really is that they don't do a lot of damage unless they're in serious numbers.

unwanted ivy

Posted: 11/06/2012 at 09:40

That's why I paint on the stuff rather than spray it. Much more precise, no risk of collateral damage.

Passion Fruit Vine

Posted: 11/06/2012 at 08:09

Passion fruit is tropical/sub-tropical and needs seriously warm weather and full sun to prosper. What sort of temps are you getting?

unwanted ivy

Posted: 11/06/2012 at 08:04

How big is it and where is it growing? I had a very mature mass of the stuff to clear. The roots were huge, the growth immediately above the roots about 3" across. It was also growing against various dry stone walls, meaning it had rooted itself in the walls as it spread.

You have to attack the roots. I found each and every root in the ground, cut all the growth just above root level, scraped the roots in several spots to expose raw wood, and painted on Round-Up (at the specified dosage). It can take a couple of weeks, with another application if need be, but that takes care of the roots. It's a matter of finding all the roots.

Then, in my case, it was a matter of stripping it from the wall, sometimes levering it clear with a small crowbar, pulling it out where it had rooted itself, using Round-Up where I couldn't extract the roots.

If yours isn't growing against and into a wall, life will be easier.



Posted: 11/06/2012 at 06:14

Yes, in containers in particular, but even in the ground they will wilt on a hot day regardless of how much moisture there is in the compost. They usually perk up again when things cool down.

If it isn't a temperature issue it could be various other things. How old are the plants and where are they?


problem with toms!

Posted: 10/06/2012 at 12:06

Do you mean the affected leaves are darker brown around the edges? In other words, leaves with brown spots with darker brown edges?

problem with toms!

Posted: 10/06/2012 at 09:33

"Blight" has become a bit of a generic term. It gets applied to any leaf disease. There are only really two "blights" - Early (very common in the home garden) and Late (uncommon in the home garden). Most of the fungal and even some of the bacterial diseases have similar sorts of symptoms. It takes practice and a keen eye to tell them apart.

Anyways, brown spots can be fungal but a bit more detail would help. Are they simply spots? Or is there any sign of a "halo" around them?

This, for example, is Septoria Leaf Spot, probably the most common fungal problem in the domestic garden:

This is Early Blight, which rivals SLS for frequency in the domestic garden:

The identifier for Early Blight is those tiny rings you can see within the enlarged brown spots.

How exactly do your spots look, f&n?



Posted: 08/06/2012 at 12:54

By the by, I was looking for a pic of one of my Marianna's Peace toms but couldn't find one. Odd, because I'm forever taking pics of my toms. In its place, this season's MP plant taken about a month ago, roughly a week after planting out. It's now three times the size. Note the lovely potato leaves:

The plant in front of it, with a couple of leaves just visible, is another potato leaf variety, Brandywine OTV.

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