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Tomato leaf problem troubleshooting

Posted: 25/04/2014 at 11:40

It's unlikely to be a virus, Derek. More likely frost if there was one around. What state are they in? If not too badly affected, they should recover, though will be a lap behind the healthy ones.

Beetroot and Tomato Seedlings

Posted: 25/04/2014 at 09:21

You're better off starting a new thread with a new question, Steven, otherwise your query can get lost.

Are the lumps - pustules - on top of the leaf or underneath? What colour are they? Sounds most likely like a fungal disease.


Posted: 24/04/2014 at 07:11

I've seen it with Dipladenia that either aren't warm enough or have wet roots, either from overwatering or poor drainage.

Tomato leaf problem troubleshooting

Posted: 24/04/2014 at 07:06

Any chance of a photo, Lindsay? It's hard to know from a general description. Are they simple spots or can you see a tiny, darker "bullseye" at the centre of the spots?

Beetroot and Tomato Seedlings

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 07:52

Tom seedlings will happily live in a 3" pot till they're ready to plant out. No need to pot up.

Low voc paint on terracotta pots

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 08:38

I agree. The advantage of terra cotta is that it "breathes". Much healthier for the plants involved. Painting would have to seal the porous surface.

Tomato problem

Posted: 19/04/2014 at 10:27

They'll be fine. As above, the white patch is probably the sun scorching a wet leaf. One or two of my seedlings have the same. Purpling foliage is very very common with seedlings, usually a sign that they need more warmth.

Tomatoes are already flowering

Posted: 18/04/2014 at 08:22

Depends how old they are and how developed they are, Tonks. If they're still bona fide seedlings - not yet ready to plant out - I'd take off the flowers. Let them direct all their energies into establishing themselves. Plenty of time for flowers later.

Can you identify these onions

Posted: 18/04/2014 at 07:32

How often have you had the opportunity to ID Welsh Onions around here, Welshonion?

Tomato Black Russian?

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 15:52

My grandfather used to tip his used tea leaves onto his garden plants. They contain potassium so they can't hurt.

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