Plants suddenly going downhill

enosbg(6)June 7, 2013

My plants are dying from the top. The leaves are turning yellow, dying, have large brown discoloration on a large part of each leaf, and the stems are falling off.

Below is a picture of one of the plants. If this is an untreatable systemic disease there's nothing to be done. Perhaps it's early blight which is treatable? Or maybe it's environmental.

I've dealt with late blight before but this is nothing like that. It's happened much earlier in the season and suddenly. The plants have been in the ground for almost 3 weeks. I have several different varieties and they all look about the same--Better Boy, Early Girl, Celebrity. etc.

I have more pictures which I'll send along.

Thanks

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enosbg(6)

Another plant.

This post was edited by enosbg on Fri, Jun 7, 13 at 14:59

    Bookmark   June 7, 2013 at 2:56PM
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enosbg(6)

Different plant and look

    Bookmark   June 7, 2013 at 2:58PM
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enosbg(6)

Detailed leaves and stem. Dark brown covering much of the surface area of the leaves. The leaves didn't curl but simply died.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2013 at 3:00PM
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enosbg(6)

Here are all of the photos in one place:











    Bookmark   June 7, 2013 at 8:12PM
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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

The bright yellow leaf color points to glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup & a number of other weed killing products.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2013 at 11:12PM
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seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

From the picture, depicting the soil surface (with a lot of stones,..), I think that the soil is both POOR and too sandy. As a result, the plants are not getting what needed. Drooping / wilting( as seen in one picture) can be due to thirst in a hot sunny day. Simply put, they are struggling.

I would clear out around the plants(by hands , wearing gloves), get rid of the stones bigger then hazle nut(better yet, by screening through a 1/4" mesh screen,) Then add and mix a lot of compost and manure ... and finally MULCH IT MULCH IT MULCH IT. Of course, it should have been better if you had prepared the soil (or at least spots that you were going to plant tomatoes), before planting to a radius of one foot and a depth of at least one foot , before planting.

These are things that come into my mind by looking at your pictures.

    Bookmark   June 15, 2013 at 8:19AM
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alanleveritt

I agree with Jean. It looks like a little Roundup drifted over onto the plant.

    Bookmark   June 16, 2013 at 4:47PM
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