Tomatoes Diseased...or possibly environmental cause

sunnyk(Z6 SW Coastal CT)May 15, 2009

I checked the 'Problem Solver" thread and still cant seem to get a grasp on what I have.

These seedlings are about 12 weeks old, have been outside hardening off gradually for the last 2 and a half weeks.

They are growing in Pro-Mix and have been for the past 9 weeks or so.

They did get some dirt spattered on them when it rained overnight about a week and a half ago(although the dirt in question is driveway dirt and nothing has ever been planted there), and the spots have been on them since about 2 days after the rain stoppped.

It did rain/stay overcast and cool for around an 8 day stretch right before these spots showed up.

So is this something they can possibly grow out of, the plants themselves are pretty healthy looking where there are no spots.

Hope I included enough info, but if not let me know....

Sorry about the picture quality, I had to use my cell phone as I cannot for the life of me find the charger to my camera.

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jean001(z8aPortland, OR)

Environmental glitch.

They could use larger pots or go into the ground, with protection if needed.

Beyond that, they look very pale. If you haven't fertilized at all or for a while, please do so.

    Bookmark   May 15, 2009 at 11:09PM
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sunnyk(Z6 SW Coastal CT)

Thanks Jean.

I have potted them up into larger pots for a stop gap measure until the weather settles down enough to get them into the garden. I have also given them a diluted dose of Miracle Grow. I am keeping my fingers crossed that I can get them into the garden by Wednesday.... this cold snap has gotten my nerves on edge, I can hardly believe we have a freeze warning up for tonight. But that's New England weather for ya!

Thanks Again for the help.

Oh and on a side note, I picked off the worst of the spotted foliage on Saturday , and so far no new spots have appeared, I am hoping this is good news.

    Bookmark   May 18, 2009 at 4:15PM
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lolear(5b - Chicago)

I'm having this exact same problem right now. I can't see any insects, just the discoloration and spots. It has been rainy and colder than usual for a week or so. They have been in the ground 2 weeks after some hardening off. Will a perk up in temp help them? Elsewhere I have seen a suggestion they might need nitrogen. My soil is raised beds all new and improved, organic, lots of compost, etc.. Suggestions?

    Bookmark   May 31, 2009 at 10:04PM
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jean001(z8aPortland, OR)


If yours look the same, they definitely need fertilizer.

    Bookmark   June 1, 2009 at 12:28AM
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lolear(5b - Chicago)

I am all organic. Will kelp help? More compost?

    Bookmark   June 1, 2009 at 10:27AM
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sunnyk(Z6 SW Coastal CT)

Mine grew out of it in about two weeks once they were in the ground and the weather warmed up. A Fish and kelp based fertilizer will definitely help.

    Bookmark   June 1, 2009 at 10:45PM
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Hope you found your charger. Look for one on Ebay if you haven't found it.


    Bookmark   June 3, 2009 at 11:11AM
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sunnyk(Z6 SW Coastal CT)

Good idea Greg...I never even thought to do that :)

    Bookmark   June 5, 2009 at 3:40PM
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