treating Tomato Russet Mites (pics)
A few weeks ago, one of my tomato plants lost a central stem with its first tiny tomatoes, and then another stem. It quickly made up for those stems with new growth and a few new tomatoes, and seemed fine.
Over the past few days, though, it lost a few more stems to some wilt. Being new to the Southwest, and not ever having dealt with a wilt, I scoured the web and learned that fungal wilts are very uncommon in Arizona and most sudden tomato wilting is attributed to russet mites.
My plant didn't exhibit a bronze/russet color, but when I looked closely at the underside of the leaves, I found some of them covered with tiny gold and white specks.
I'm relieved that this is just a mite. I ran out and bought a sulphur powder, and applied it at nightfall.
Does anyone have any idea what the chances of survival for this plant would be? It was twice as big and much healthier looking just 4-5 days ago.
Here is a link that might be useful: close-up of the mites