Yellowing/ spots on bottom leaves; Top leaves curling upward??

rachael_zacJune 4, 2007

Sorry the pics are so big, I will resize next time!

Any idea what this could be? I have spent hours looking through the indentifiers. Is it a defienciency, pest, bacteria?? I was thinking of doing a soil test and maybe appyling neem oil. I am very new at this and have no idea what is wrong? Please help!

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ziggy777

Hi,

I had the same problem and yes it will spread to the whole plant and all your tomatoes. It's a Fungus, and it will kill you plants very fast. Thanks to Sharon Love Joy's book Trowel & Error, I found a recipe for diluted milk that saved my plants. I used a 3:1 solution(3 parts water, 1 part milk). First I trimmed off all the affected leaves/branches ( this will make your tomatoes look like scarecrows, but it's the only way)-Dont compost the diseased foliage.
Then spray with diluted milk for several days. I do it in the shade but early enough that the plants have time to dry before evening coolness sets in.

My plants are saved! I cant believe it worked!

BTW I live in coastal (June Gloom) CA, in case you were wondering about the plants locale.

Hope it works for you,

Ziggy

    Bookmark   June 5, 2007 at 1:54PM
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ardnek710(z6 stlouis)

I think some of the top pics look like you might have spider mites. Neem would work for these possibly. I have horrible spider mite infestation every year on my maters and even the neem only partially works. Seems like I get maters but the plants look horrible and die a little earlier than usual

kendra

    Bookmark   June 9, 2007 at 8:03PM
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tennegreen

the bottom photo looks like a potassium deficiency. That is usually only a problem in cool weather though.

    Bookmark   June 13, 2007 at 2:39PM
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tennegreen

Scratch that, Phosphorous, not potassium.

Sorry for the confusion. A balanced fertilizer should clear it up.

    Bookmark   June 14, 2007 at 10:04AM
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