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Aug 07, 2018

black bottom on roma tomatoes

our cherry tomatoes are growing beautifully and right next to them our roma tomatoes show black bottoms - can you tell us why

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Aug 07, 2018

Tomatoes are dying

My tomatoes are dying. The leaves are being stripped away and my tomatoes are rotting but I don't know why.

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Aug 07, 2018

Growing season - replant when cooler?

I'm working on my first in-ground crop of tomatoes. Got a few nice ones this year but should have pruned early because the plants got to be huge with

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Jun 20, 2018

Green tomatoes shriveling in Texas

I have about 15 tomato plants that are different varieties yet many of them are growing green tomatoes that are shriveling up - soft loose skin - as if

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Jun 20, 2018

Tomato stem pest or diease?

Here is a picture of my issue. The tomato plants are stunted, I think I had this last year on okra. After it ran its life cycle the plant recovered and

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Mar 15, 2018

Tennessee Dirt Dobbers Tomato Cages made fro concrete reinforcing wire.

Been using concrete reinforcing wire for several decades now. Cut it into lengths to form about 16-18 inch diameter cages, fastened with their cut ends

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Mar 15, 2018

18 day early girl tomato 4" tall and falling over after coming out of greenhouse ?

Early girl tomato 3 tall came out of greenhouse ok now thin lag and falling over.

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Oct 14, 2017

Tomato seed area is very cloudy and slimy when sliced

Tomatoes look fine on the outside but when you slice to make a sandwich the seed liquid area is slimy and brownish. Very unappealing. What could this be?

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Oct 14, 2017

Bug Pest Creating holes in tomatoes

I put in the garden 15 tomato plants and everyone seems to have 1 quarter inch hole in it. If more than one hole the tomato seems to have a sticky gooey

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Oct 14, 2017

purple leaves dying tomato plants

My tomato plants were great until mid July or early August leaves are purple and plants are dying, even though this is early sept they should not look

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Oct 14, 2017

White egg capsules primairly on the lower stems of tomato plants

I noticed about 50+ white eggs attached to the stem of one of my plants. It didn't look lie it was part of the stem. In a few days all of my plants had

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Aug 26, 2017

Tomatoes black at stems' ends

What is the cause for tomatoes turning black at their stems' ends, please? A virus? In advance, thank you for your support! MG Alas, photo too large.

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Aug 26, 2017

Leaves dried out & cracking and discoloration on fruit

I have tomatoes growing in pots. We have had very hot weather, 90-100 for over a week. The soil is damp and has a drip irrigator. The leaves have shriveled

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Aug 26, 2017

Tomato fungus, fruit not ripening

I believe after taking pictures and comparing to web site that my mom has had a serious fungus problem last year and this year. Not only do her plants

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Aug 26, 2017

I Need Help!!

Hi! I saw on your site that my tomato plants are in need of a fungicide. Your site said to see below for products that are suitable and are available from

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Aug 13, 2017

Tall tomato plants but not many Blossoms

Plants growing taller than usual but not many yellow flowers on them. Soil tested rather high ph if ph tester is still good. Never happened in the past.

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Aug 13, 2017

Tomato problem - growth on leaves

My tomatoe plants have on top of their leaves some sort of growth. They fall when touched. I never seen this before. Can you tell me what it is

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Aug 13, 2017

Tomatoes Are Black on Bottom

Before the tomatoes have turned red, the bottom turns dark and eventually black. Why is this happening, and is there any prevention?

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Jul 25, 2017

Moneymaker tomatoes bad at the bottom

well my mmoneymakers tomato are lovely and red but at the bottom of them they are bad i dont know why my other tomatos plants are fine so are my moneymakers

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Jul 07, 2017

Day before happy and pretty healthy tomato plant next day dying?

All of a sudden my best largest happiest tomato plant san marizano variety has developed end rot, curling leaves, some leaves are wilting in the center,

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Jul 06, 2017

Tomato plant only growing leaves, no flowers or fruit

I have a tomato plant in a big container that had grown to about 3 feet tall, but it is only producing leaves, No flowers or fruit. I've fertilized, I

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Jul 06, 2017

Tomato plant ransplant shock

I had two beef steak tomato 🍅 plants in one pot. They both had blooms on them and i found out i had to separate them so i did and now they re both in real

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Jul 06, 2017

Tomato stalks are splitting

My tomatoes are doing good but all of the sudden a couple of them have stalks are splitting for some reason. Any suggestions for what I can do for them

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May 19, 2017

Brandywine tomato leaves and petioles not healthy

I have a container-grown Brandywine plant but the lower leaves are leathery, drying/dying at tips and along edges near tips. Petioles are brittle and

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May 19, 2017

tomato plants wither up and die after several weeks

I have planted several plants and at one place the plants just start to withering up and die--a very slow death--got one now that has several green tomatos

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May 19, 2017


NEED A GOOD SPRAY THAT WON'T POISON FRUIT. WILT HAS CONTINUED 3 YEARS IN A ROW. Has anyone had good success with a particular type of treatment? HELP!!!

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May 19, 2017

Tomato branches look cut

branches look like they have been pruned at the main stem about 4 inches up from the ground. one plant was cut at the main stem about an inch above ground.

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Apr 29, 2017

Stunted tops of tomato plants

Plants start healthy but then develop stunted/mishappen tops, appearing Christmas tree-like at top with small leaves/fruits and plant lingers.

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Mar 22, 2017

Lower Leaves are drying and dying on all cherry tomato plants

The lower leaves of all of my new cherry tomato plants look like they are drying and dying. Not sure what it might be, perhaps hot temperature, now the

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Feb 27, 2017

mortgage Lifter Tomatoes are Big, Rosy, and Delicious

Intrigued by the name, I grew these from seed and they were marvelous!! Big, rosy, and with hardly any seeds. Did I mention that they were delicious

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Feb 27, 2017

Belgium Heart Tomatoes a Winner

A friend gave me some seeds and asked me to start them in my greenhouse. I have never really cared for tomatoes but theses are a real winner.True to their

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Feb 27, 2017

Wilt Infects Tomatoes after First Year in Raised Bed

I have 3 raised bed planters (4' W - 16' L - 12 D)with a drip irrigation system. The drip irrigation is placed a good 12 from the base of each plant &

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Feb 27, 2017

White hard skin on tomato fruit

I have never seen this before. It is on my Big Boy and Better Boy but not on my Early Girl. It starts as a white flat area that does not turn color when

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Feb 27, 2017

My tomatoes are hollow inside.

I grew big boy, better boy, and plum tomatoes in my home garden this year. At first they were ok...juicy inside. Now every tomato I pick is hollow inside.

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Jul 29, 2016

Spots, yellowing, drying tomato plant leaves

My 1st time growing tomatoes - I have 4 plants in one large pot planted in purchased organic potting soil & steer manure. They're big, strong plants w/fruit

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Jul 29, 2016

Black spots on bottom of tomatoes

I have some wonderfully growing tomato plants that are green right now. However, I noticed on some tomatoes there is a large to medium black spot on the

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Jul 12, 2016

Wilt at the top of tomato plant

The top of one of four plants has a wilted top. the leaves look like they are not getting any water. The other 3 plants look healthy. It is not Verticillium

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Jul 12, 2016

Blossom-end rot

My tomato plants are huge this year. They look healthy except the actual tomatoes. I have recently been looking into what may be causing the rot on the

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Jul 12, 2016

Healthy plant but not bearing fruit

My roommate has grown a Beefmaster tomato plant successfully in a large pot on our porch. It is approx. 4 and a half foot tall. Our problem is is that

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Jul 12, 2016

Mature tomatoes wilting and rotting at base

I have tomatoes that are about a month old in my garden. They were looking great and then one started to look wilted this seemed unusual to me since I

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Jul 12, 2016

Black area on bottom of tomatoes

My tomato problem has shown itself on the bottom of several elongated plums. A black area appears on the bottom of the fruit but is not on all of them.

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Jun 11, 2016

Grow larger stronger plants and bigger tomatoes

Stake your plant .......Sucker your tomato plants. To do this- after each branch has started growing from the plant, there will be a small growth where

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Jun 11, 2016

Big tomato supports for a small yard

I had a very small space in my back yard, so I worked up about an 8 by 10 ft. section of very dark soil. I realized after my tomatoes starting to vine

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Jun 11, 2016

Tomato leaves look lacy

Cherry tomato plant is about a year old. The plant is about 4 ft tall and we have found small green worms that we pick off. Starting today we have started

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Jun 11, 2016

Tomato plants are wilting and yellowing

Tomato is wilting and yellowing (entire plant). Better Boy variety. Also have a raised bed (different location) with a Cherokee Purple doing the same

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Jun 11, 2016

Ripe tomatoes have raised green spots that are hard

Some not all of the plants have hard green spots , most are round. Some have one or two and others have many spots . These tomatoes are red and ripe.

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May 06, 2016

20 ft high Cherry tomato vines

I bought a bag of Miracle Grow Potting soil and with the bag laying flat on the ground, I cut small cuts on the top of the bag, about six cuts spaced across

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May 06, 2016

Paul Robeson Tomato

3 summers ago I had an amazing crop of heirloom tomatoes. Plenty to give away to friends. the last 2 years powdery mildew has destroyed my poor tomatoes

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Feb 09, 2016

Does tobacco mosaic virus winter over?

I have had problems with my Pepper plants for 2 years. I am concerned that the problem is tobacco virus. I do have smokers in the home and concerned

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