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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

LEAF WILT ON TOMATO PLANT

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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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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