Tomato Plant Problem

emersonsf(9)September 2, 2007

Can someone please tell me what to do about this tomato plant problem. I have several small tomatoes but the leaves are beginning to curl.

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Thanks for your help

emersonsf

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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

Is this plant in a container? Is it indoors? Has it possibly been exposed to a herbicide of any kind? Perhaps drift from a neighbors spray?

Tomato leaf roll (where the leaves roll up from side to side) is a physiological problem for plants that are stressed from some problem growing condition. It usually requires no treatment. It resolves itself.

But these leaves are curling backwards from what I can see (photo is blurry) and that is almost always a result of herbicide exposure.

If no chance of that and it is a container plant, how big is the container? The only other possible explanation I know of is that the container is too small and the plant is rootbound.

More info please. ;)

Dave

    Bookmark   September 2, 2007 at 6:53PM
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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

Just thought of something - check the undersides of the leaves for aphids. It is a possibility.

Dave

    Bookmark   September 2, 2007 at 7:07PM
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emersonsf(9)

Thanks for answering. I only have one plant and it is in a 10 gallon container. It has been planted about 6 weeks and is inside the swimming pool screen. I have not used any pesticides or herbicides. I have been watering it a little each day. Thanks for your help
emersonsf

    Bookmark   September 2, 2007 at 7:15PM
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emersonsf(9)

I forgot about the aphids. Did not see any.

    Bookmark   September 2, 2007 at 7:21PM
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jean001(z8aPortland, OR)

Looks like drift from weed killer to me. If not from your side of the fence, perhaps from next door?

    Bookmark   September 2, 2007 at 11:56PM
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Okiedawn OK Zone 7

If you don't believe it is possible that the damage was from drift of a weed killer, then think about the plant's proximity to your swimming pool.

Is your pool maintained by a pool service company? If so, do they use any sort of product in a gas form? If so, the gas may be drifting onto your plant and causing the leaf rolling problems. I am thinking specifically of chlorine gas. Sometimes, though, the improper combination of other pool chemicals can cause a chemical reaction and release fumes that damage plants too.

Dawn

    Bookmark   September 12, 2007 at 7:32PM
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