Is this curly top virus?

nubiegardenerApril 8, 2013

Older leaves are purple underneath and very stiff/leathery. Bottom of the stem is also purple. The older leaves are also much, much darker than new geowth. New growth, however, feel perfectly fine. It doesn't look like the typical curly virus pictures I see online. It also started curling under like this as soon as I began hardening it off in 60-70 degree weather. It would curl after bringing it into the house and then slightly uncurl after being outside. I don't think it's a P deficiency as I regularly feed it with bat guano and ocassionally miracle gro. Any ideas? I water when it's get dry or wilted.

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carolyn137(z4/5 NY)

It doesn't look like Curly Top to me and that virus is only seen in certain parts of the country but when I go to your page all it says it that you're in the US. ( smile)

And no gardening zone is given either.


    Bookmark   April 8, 2013 at 10:30AM
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Does this look like anything you've seen? Sorry, I'm in zone 7b

    Bookmark   April 8, 2013 at 10:51AM
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helenh(z6 SW MO)

I don't see anything wrong with that plant.

    Bookmark   April 8, 2013 at 11:58AM
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The lower section of the plant is really curled in.

    Bookmark   April 8, 2013 at 12:07PM
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carolyn137(z4/5 NY)

Leaves can curl for one of many reasons. Too hot, too cold, too wet, too dry, going from one temp to another too quickly, and with hybrids many of the varieties normally have curled leaves

Finally, with heavy fruit set, not talking about your plants now, leaves can also curl.

If leaves curl into a tight roll, look for aphids.


    Bookmark   April 8, 2013 at 12:39PM
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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

All the purpling is normal with young seedling and all the curling leaves are normal too for the most part. Google 'tomato leaf roll'.

For future reference, it would be almost 99% impossible for a young plant growing in a cup in potting mix and that has likely spent 90% of it's life indoors to get Curly Top Virus, or any other disease for that matter so relax, ok? :)


    Bookmark   April 8, 2013 at 1:25PM
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I agree. Let it grow.

    Bookmark   April 9, 2013 at 10:06PM
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