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Tomato leaf problems - help

Posted: 23/07/2012 at 07:39

Becks, curling of the top leaves of toms is common, often caused by over-watering and/or too much fertiliser.

The peppers. It's hard to tell even after magnifying the photo, but the white spots don't look like scorching on the leaves. Are the spots powdery and on the leaf surface? Or are the spots sunken?

Do the toms - and the peppers for that matter - live indoors or outdoors? The toms have a leaf mould problem. It's a very good housekeeping idea to take off the lower branches to maintain at least a foot of clear air/space between the lowest branch and the soil.

The second last photo is a good example. The two lowest branches shouldn't be there. The second lowest branch - pointing towards the camera - is the diseased one and you can also see early signs of disease on the lowest one pointing away from the camera. Fungal spores will drop from the leaves to the soil. Maintaining at least a foot between the lowest branch and the soil helps against the spores splashing back up onto the leaves when watering.

In the meantime, all you can do is remove the affected foliage - including the branches that shouldn't even have been there! - and look for as much air circulation as possible.


Posted: 22/07/2012 at 07:46

Size depends on the variety, Zoomer, but as a rule of thumb it's always best to harvest them a little early. A good test is to check the skin. If it's shiny, with a sort of sheen to it, it's pretty ready. It should also be still firm to the touch.

Basil with a problem

Posted: 20/07/2012 at 07:41

The brownish edges suggest overwatering or problems with the drainage. Basil doesn't like wet feet. I agree with Dove that the transparent patches could be scorching.

Pepper and Chilli problems

Posted: 19/07/2012 at 18:53

Sounds drastic. Any chance of a photo?

Tomatoe plants with no flowers !

Posted: 19/07/2012 at 09:50
Loz wrote (see)

Yeyyyyyy, I have 2 tiny tomatoes but guess what....the first ones to fruit are the most neglected! after filling 3 grow-bags I had 4 plants left which I left in their small pots for weeks then later popped all 4 into a terracotta pot and stuck them in the greenhouse, they have had the least water because of the pot and now I have fruit! obviously I've been over watering. The actual plants look the healthiest too, the grow-bags look leggy, a bit crinkly looking, but not crispy and have creamy white specks on and brown edges whereas the pot are all a lovely green colour......very odd! anyway.....I HAVE TOMS!!!!!!

There you go, Loz, proof that toms don't need to be pampered. Try the controlled neglect approach next year and you'll be inundated with the things.

rust on veg

Posted: 19/07/2012 at 07:01

The only time rust ever hit leeks for me - and the garlic for that matter - I just removed the affected leaves and destroyed them. It didn't impact on the inner edible part of the leek.

storing garlic

Posted: 18/07/2012 at 12:46

That's the problem, the papery skin has gone apparently.

storing garlic

Posted: 18/07/2012 at 11:26

You wouldn't necessarily add the oil with the garlic if you didn't want it. You thaw the garlic, remove it from the oil. The oil is only to protect the garlic in the freezer.

storing garlic

Posted: 18/07/2012 at 09:14

Ah. Shame. You can freeze garlic. It's arguable, though, that it doesn't retain all the original qualities. A friend of mine used to mince it, add it to some good quality oil, and freeze it in little sachets.

storing garlic

Posted: 18/07/2012 at 07:25

Too much moisture can cause the heads to open up like that. Is the flesh of the cloves exposed or is the wrapping still in place?


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