Late Blight scare? Bullet Dodged?
I check my Tomato plants pretty much every day. Out of the 48 plants in the ground, Two were bought from HD, both Cherokee puples.
So on Monday, I go out in the AM and notice that one CP has Black on it. I inspect further. There are black spots on some leaves and stems and on two of the early fruit clusters. On the edge and tip of several leaves, the black is bigger and not "spots" but just larger areas where it is visbly soggy and black. On the undersid of one of the leaves I inspected I did see some white moldy type growth.
Knowing that no matter what, this sin't good. I carefully pulled all the infected parts of the plant, including the fruit trusses which one had 3 golf ball sized toms on it. I pulled 5-6 full leaves back to the stem, 2 suckers which had multiple leaves with the infection and 2 fruit trusses.
It's now wednesday and there have been no additional signs of damage on that plant, nor any adjacent plants. So what the heck was this. I mean it came on literally overnight and I thought for sure I was going to have to at the very leats pull the whole plant and the plants adjacent to it. Now it looks as if i either was successful in removing the effected areas and didn't spread any or it wasn't late blight afterall, just some other less harmful fungal or bacterial growth.
From what I have read, Late blight takes plants down quickly, so surely after two and a half days, if this was late blight, the plant would be showing further signs of infection. Am I right here or should I not be counting my chickens just yet?