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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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Aug 18, 2015

White spots on tomatoes turn into holes

I have grown tomatoes my entire life, and have never seen this before. I have a few different tomato gardens around my house and the plants were very

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Aug 18, 2015

Pod- like Fungus/growth at base of my tomato plants

There is a weird growth, that has me really creeped out at the base of my tomato plants. Anyone have information on what this growth might be? Help

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Aug 01, 2015

Safe to eat tomatoes with fungal problem?

I have not yet identified my tomato plant's problem. I have yellow speckled spots on the leaves. I know it is a fungal problem. My plants so far

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Jul 26, 2015

Black spots and diseased tomatoes in organic plot

I planted organic tomato plants, they've been growing beautifully with healthy tomato plant and leaves; however, today I noticed that some of the tomatoes

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Jul 08, 2015

Stemphylium disease - Can we eat the tomatoes?

My tomato plants have the yellow leaves and brown spots and are spreading. Will this affect the tomatoes if I get a fungicide chemical product to take

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Jul 05, 2015

Help! My tomato plants are wilting and dying

I planted blight resistant and disease resistant plants this year because I lost all my Tomato plants last year with blight. Now I am wondering what

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Jul 03, 2015

Our tomatoes are splitting and it's ruining our whole crop!

We live in NW Arkansas. Torrents of rain all through May, then weekly to by weekly rain through the last couple of weeks in June. Hot temps, average

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Jun 26, 2015

2.5 ft. Healthy Tomato Plant started to Wilt

I had a healthy tomato plant 2.5 feet in height. All the leaves are green. Every morning and evening I check my plants. One evening I see it is wilting.

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Jun 09, 2015

Large tomato worms are stripping our tomato plants!

Is there anyway to treat the soil around tomato plants to prevent these worms from attacking our tomato plants? They strip the whole stem in a short time.

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Jun 01, 2015

Tomato plant is wilting, what could cause it?

Just overnight my perfectly healthy tomato plant developed some yellow branches and some wilting. The top branches are fine, I removed all the wilting

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Jun 01, 2015

How to sterilize garden plot soil?

I have only a small plot for tomatoes and the soil definitely needs to be sterilized due to the blight virus. Can I saturate the soil with a bleach

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Jun 01, 2015

Please help identify this tomato leaf eater

I've looked at every picture I can find, but I can't find out what is eating my tomato plant. I'm thinking it must be a younger stage of pest. Please

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May 11, 2015

Curling, browning leaves on Cherokee Purple Heirloom in 9A

Help...everything in our square foot garden is doing well except for Cherokee Purple Heirloom starter from Bonnie Plants (Lowes). The soil is comprised

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Mar 26, 2015

Tomato disease in new sprouts

Tomatoes seem to have a disease. The first true leaves begin to wilt. Any ideas? Thanks! Dan

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Mar 26, 2015

Paul Robeson

I raised this one last year. I planted it late and it died around August. It produced about 5 black tomatoes. I raise about 30 varieties. This Russian/

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Oct 25, 2014

Tomato fruits are turning from green to brown.

I started my tomatoes off from seed in a greenhouse and once established I put them outside because of the extremely hot weather.They established well

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Sep 08, 2014

Tomatoes are rotting in a ring around the stem end (shoulder)

We planted 10 very healthy tomato plants around June... they were strong with thick stems, and a healthy, beautiful green. They grew fine and eventually

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Sep 08, 2014

Romas have an inside surface that looks like a brain

Romas have an inside surface that looks like a brain when sliced in 1/4's. They are very firm inside and out, it is just a really weird surface that we

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Aug 25, 2014

Hard Brown Spots on San Marzano Tomatoes

We are growing San Marzanos for the first time this year in Massachusetts. This past week we noticed that many of the branches are dying off, and most

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Aug 15, 2014

Tomatoes have possible Anthracnose disease

I first noticed it on a ripened cherry tomato that I picked. A Small yellow blemish that was indented and seemed to be softer than the rest of the tomato.

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Aug 13, 2014

Tomato issues with brown spots and wilting plants

I think we may have several things going on with our tomatoes. First there are brown spots on some of the green tomatoes. The plant seems wilted even though

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Aug 13, 2014

Bugs destroying my tomatoes!

I have several large beetles on each tomato plant. The leaves started developing dark spots, then turn yellow and die off. Today I noticed all the bugs

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Aug 02, 2014

What is this fungal ball at base of tomato plant?

I have a Roma tomato plant with a fungal ball surrounding the base of the plant. It is beige in color, soft to the touch and bleeds a translucent orange

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Aug 02, 2014

Tomatoes cracking in Texas

I have always had awesome tomatoes. I live in the Tomatoes are cracking at top and making a circular cracking track all the way down the tomato. North

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Jul 21, 2014

All Leaves Withered and Turned Brown

Over night all my tomato plants leaves withered and turned brown. 3 days ago i cut the grass and checked the plants for fruit and we had 3 days of rain

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Jul 19, 2014

Lines around tomato top and a split (photos)

Some of my tomatoes have little lines all around the tomato top and another tomato has a slit /split. Can anyone suggest why is this happening? Thank

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Jul 18, 2014

Curling, yellow tomato plants

All of my tomato plants of all different types are having major issues. All of the leaves look to be curled and some leaves have now started turning

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Jul 18, 2014

Something is eating our green tomatoes

We are not new gardeners, been doing so for 70 years. Our plants are very healthy looking. went out to check, it looks like worms have been eating the

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