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Tomatoe leave have grey marks on them

Posted: 08/05/2013 at 10:23

Nicholas, I'd like a closer look but those darker "bullseyes" inside the necrotic (lighter) patches look like the early stages of a fungal problem.

"Blight" has become a generic term for any fungal problem. The most common fungal problems in the home garden are Early Blight and Septoria Leaf Spot. Neither will kill a tomato plant providing basic care is taken - nipping off the worst-affected leaves, etc. Without denuding the plant of foliage, obviously.

Unless you want to spray against fungal problems, you have to be rigorous with your preventive measures. Never ever water the foliage, keep sufficient distance - at least 3' - between plants to allow plenty of air circulation, and nip off excess branches and foliage (even healthy stuff) to avoid great clumps of foliage that work against air circulation through the foliage.

Clear air circulation is the bottom line. Still air, particularly if it's humid, and clumps of impenetrable foliage, are heaven for fungal spores. That's why I'd get them out from under the cloche.

tomatoes

Posted: 08/05/2013 at 10:10

forgetmenot, you'll do more harm than good leaving them sitting in water. What are your daytime temps like? If they're only moderate, water them before you leave and they will cope for a week in a shaded spot.

Tomatoe leave have grey marks on them

Posted: 08/05/2013 at 07:19

Outstanding, Fairygirl. Congratulations. Which variety is it? When will you be planting it out?

Little elf chillies

Posted: 08/05/2013 at 07:06

15cm is on the small side. You need to give the roots room.

Tomatoe leave have grey marks on them

Posted: 08/05/2013 at 06:54

Pity the photo's not a bit bigger, but I can see little "bullseye" spots inside those necrotic patches particularly towards the bottom end of the leaf. Usually an indicator of a fungal problem, possibly Early Blight.

I'd get them out from under the cloche and get some fresh air circulating.

 

 

Tomatoe leave have grey marks on them

Posted: 07/05/2013 at 08:52

It is the answer, Fairygirl. And, as the plants grow to their full size, take off the lower branches and foliage to keep a gap of 12-18" between the soil and the lowest foliage. Fungal spores can and will fall down onto the soil beneath the plant. The gap helps guard against splashing the spores back up onto the plant during watering.

Leggy mint - help!

Posted: 07/05/2013 at 08:12

Mizzli, I know you're bothered by the flies but greenhouses get surprisingly hot inside in summer which won't help the mint. You could cook it. Traditionally, the best place for mint in a container is under a tap, protected from too much direct hot sun and kept moist by drips from the tap. Or kept moist by watering if your tap doesn't drip.

Wrapped in some fleece for extra protection, the mint should be happy in the greenhouse over winter.

Tomatoe leave have grey marks on them

Posted: 07/05/2013 at 08:03

Hard to know without seeing a photo, Nicholas. You'd need decently hot direct sun to scorch leaves. Dove is right, though. Never wet the foliage, particularly in a closed environment like a cloche. The humidity inside will lead to fungal problems.

Little elf chillies

Posted: 07/05/2013 at 08:00

Have you grown toms? You treat chillies exactly the same way. When the seedlings have a couple of true leaves, transplant them into 3" pots and give them as much light - preferably sunlight - and warmth as you can. When they're nice and sturdy, transplant them again to wherever they're going to spend their days.

Little Elf are a determinate (bush) variety so won't grow to much more than about 18". They will happily live in a 25-30cm pot. Don't overwater or overfertilise. Like toms, they thrive on controlled neglect.

Leggy mint - help!

Posted: 06/05/2013 at 11:48

Mizzli, we get the same winters here in central Italy. I've got an uninsulated summer studio/office on the terrace. In winter it becomes an uninsulated greenhouse - without a lot of natural light - for all the pots of things that need protection. I cut back the mint for winter and it copes perfectly well.

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