Late Blight in Floyd County

wcthomasAugust 4, 2013

All 60 of my beautiful lush tomato plants here in Floyd, VA were wiped out in a week by what looks like late blight. They are now just crispy critters!

I managed to harvest a couple of bushels before they completely bit the dust, picking everything with blush or more and with no lesions. Potatoes were also hit so I harvested them as well. We have had almost constant rain here the last month so I was afraid some kind of foliage disease would hit, but I did not expect this. LB in Floyd was also confirmed last month on

Oh well, the rest of my garden is doing great, and I won't let this setback ruin my sunny disposition! I'll buy my tomato needs locally, and try again next year.


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coffeehaus(7a Central VA)

That is one ugly tomato plant.
I feel your pain. Here in Lynchburg, we have had a couple of plants succumb to late blight and quickly dispatched them. A knowledgeable friend stopped by with a plant pathology book and positively identified the disease as late blight. We are hoping that we nipped it in the bud. Also lots of rain here. All of the other tomatoes have early blight and are still producing, though the plants are quickly dying from the ground up. Still, I did manage to can enough tomato juice to see us through till 2014.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2013 at 8:28PM
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