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Dreaded Tomato Blight

Posted: 12/08/2012 at 18:45

I think the yellowing is from a magnesium deficiency, I was about to feed them just before I noticed the stem (that blackened part happened over the course of two days), I haven't needed to water them at all really so didn't get round to feeding.

Does Anyone Know What This Mauve Flowered Plant Is Please?

Posted: 12/08/2012 at 18:32

I'd love to know too, saw this plant today in a wildlife garden at an RSPB reserve it's a beautiful thing I also took a photo to load up here, thanks for saving me with all that kerfuffle!

Dreaded Tomato Blight

Posted: 12/08/2012 at 18:09
Italophile wrote (see)
Leggi wrote (see

It appears that blight seems to be a problem in my area so I will just have to keep spraying if I ever want a good crop of home grown tomatoes.

This years crop so far - half a cherry tomato.

Leggi, is this what your problems have looked like?


Very much like the last two photos on the plant that is now in tommie heaven. I have a photo I'll see if I can upload it.

 I hope that worked...

Dreaded Tomato Blight

Posted: 11/08/2012 at 15:41
Italophile wrote (see)

Leggi, if the stems are quickly turning black it sounds like it could be Late Blight. If so, there's no saving the plant.

In general, spraying once any fungal disease symptoms are already present is a waste of time and money. It's too late. Spraying has to be preventive, meaning you spray before the spores arrive, starting a couple of weeks after planting out, then weekly or so afterwards, respraying if it rains.

Spraying doesn't guarantee you won't get fungal disease but it gives you a solid defence.

Dove - good luck!

Thanks, I think I may have to start regularly spraying them next year then. This is my fifth year of trying to grow tommies and my fifth year of blight. I've done all I can think of, not watering at all unless the plants wilt, changing the soil they grow in, giving them more room to grow (raised bed went from having 6 plants in it a few years ago to two this year) and trying to grow them in different parts of the garden has lead me to trying some in the front garden this year.

It appears that blight seems to be a problem in my area so I will just have to keep spraying if I ever want a good crop of home grown tomatoes.

This years crop so far - half a cherry tomato.

Tulips in Pots

Posted: 11/08/2012 at 15:31

Thanks geoff that makes more sense, silly non-green fingered parents feeding me lies again.

Tulips in Pots

Posted: 11/08/2012 at 14:55

Ah, I was always told that if a bulb didn't get enough water during autumn it would come up blind the next year, especially narcissi.

I'm happy to listen to others advice though.

Planting potatoes

Posted: 11/08/2012 at 01:52

No, just people aren't familiar with that variety.

I'd stick some in and see what they do, I have no idea if that's good advice or not.

Tulips in Pots

Posted: 10/08/2012 at 23:56

If in doubt do nothing. Many bulbs flower for years and years so save yourself some effort and considerable expense and see what comes back next spring. That way you'll know what to replace and what likes being in your garden.

The time to give your bulbs a feed is in the autumn, so you haven't missed anything yet.

Dreaded Tomato Blight

Posted: 10/08/2012 at 20:40

It was planted in a large raised bed with one other tomato plant with plenty of room around it and hardly ever (I think pnly twice actually) watered. I thought the one next to it was ok but having just had a look it does appear to have it too, I've pulled up the first one and cut off the infected parts on the second. Will keep a close eye on it as you suggest.

It's so disheartening when you grow things from seeds and care for them for so long to have to pull them before they've produced a single tomato. Poxy blight, but on the plus side I may have a new flower bed to plant up and the 6 or so tomatoes growing in the front garden seem fine.

Thanks for your advice Dove.

Dreaded Tomato Blight

Posted: 10/08/2012 at 19:01

I've seen the beginnings of blight on one of my tomato plants which is planted in the ground, the main stem is quickly turning black. The plant itself isn't heavy with fruit and has just a couple of medium sized toms which are far from being ripe and a few new flowers brought on by the slightly warmer weather over the last few days.

Question is how effective is Bordeaux Mix, and is it really worth it for a plant which has so far produced so little?

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