Late blight A drastic course of action

coconut_head(5b)August 26, 2013

So I was thinking, If I have a pretty bad late blight infestation going on, what if I pulled all the leaves off all of the most heavily effected plants, save the very end of the growing tips.

Could I reduce the pressure of the blight long enough and keep the plants alive until they started throwing out more leaves and thus could again begin ripening the fruit again. I would think this would reduce the incidence of my fruits getting blight and even if it increased the time they took to ripen, could it work? I think for this to work though, I would have to pull the leaves of pretty much every tomato, not just the worst hit ones.

The stem lesions don't seem to spread very quickly and other than sunscald, I think the tomatoes might make it through, or at least a good number of them.

My only other option at this point is to pick all the greens within the next day or so and burn the whole patch.


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Any thoughts? Anyone tried this? Time is of the essence.


    Bookmark   August 28, 2013 at 11:42AM
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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

You can try it. But you'll likely fail.

But if you try it, then you'll know for certain what to do next time.

    Bookmark   August 28, 2013 at 7:40PM
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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

Self-diagnoses often go awry.
Please post pictures to help us help you determine if it is late blight.

    Bookmark   August 29, 2013 at 1:34PM
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It's late blight, I't not my first spin around the late blight block.

I didn't go through with it anyways, I just pulled all my greens off all the plants and put them up in my garage. I'll be pulling all the plants as soon as I have a few hours to devote to it.


    Bookmark   August 29, 2013 at 2:58PM
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