Tomato leaves wilting one by one

bhammie85(10a St. Pete)November 3, 2013

Hi all,

My tomato leaves are starting to wilt one by one. It usually starts at the end of the lowest stem and works it's way up to the main stem, and then up to the next lowest stem.

This is happening on my black prince heirloom and my husky cherry red. Any ideas?

Thanks!

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katkin_gw

Looks like an insect of some kind, maybe spider mites.

    Bookmark   November 3, 2013 at 6:17PM
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bhammie85(10a St. Pete)

I hadn't even thought of that! Here's another photo from another plant. I have neem oil, is there anything else I should be treating it with?

    Bookmark   November 3, 2013 at 7:31PM
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scents_from_heaven(z9b Orlando FL)

That along with B a y e r Fruit Critus and Vegetable Insect control. It is a systemic solution that you water into the soil. That along with giving your plants a good spray and wash with a mixture of dishwashing liquid to water will also help or just water. You can also use your neem oil. I would also use what I suggested above to help systemically. It looks somewhat like an aphid and spider mite infestation Hope this helps.

    Bookmark   November 4, 2013 at 2:03AM
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bhammie85(10a St. Pete)

Thanks so much! I'll give it a try.

    Bookmark   November 4, 2013 at 8:44AM
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carolb_w_fl(zone 9/10)

Here's some info on common tomato diseases in FL & some remedies as well....

Here is a link that might be useful: tomato diseases

    Bookmark   November 4, 2013 at 12:46PM
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bhammie85(10a St. Pete)

Thanks!

I also found this guy today on another plant (he's yellow on the top part of the leaf). Is it a baby horned caterpillar? I have noticed really tiny little holes in the leaves too.

No one told me this many bugs loved tomato plants...sigh.

    Bookmark   November 4, 2013 at 5:33PM
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scents_from_heaven(z9b Orlando FL)

The little tiny holes are caused by Flea Beetles

    Bookmark   November 4, 2013 at 6:04PM
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bhammie85(10a St. Pete)

Just a quick update - I've been spraying regularly with insecticidal soap (Dr. Bronners + oil + water) and neem oil and my plants are doing great! I keep killing the white flies that like my brandywine, but other than that everything is healthy again.

I also started planting my newer plants in containers (instead of terrible FL soil) and dang, they're growing like gangbusters! I'm very excited!

Thanks for your help!

    Bookmark   November 16, 2013 at 10:13PM
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