spotty leaf patrol

emmers_m(9a/Sunset 7 N Cal)July 23, 2011

How often do you patrol your tomatoes for fungal disease control? And what are your QA standards for leaves you remove?

I've been doing it daily, and removing any leaf that shows the tiniest spot that looks like a lesion (vs. mechanical or insect damage.)

But it's consuming most of my daily gardening time, and I'm worried that I'm stressing the plants with excessive pruning.

But even with my daily patrols (and spraying Serenade and Actinovate every week) I'm still coming away with one or more handfuls of spotty foliage each day.

So can I relax my vigilance at all, or will that just turn it from a foothold situation into a full-scale invasion?

~emmers

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

Slow down a bit and just remove the leaves that are really obvious, say...more than 25% damaged. Keep up the spraying an see how it goes.

Dave

    Bookmark   July 24, 2011 at 9:51AM
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hcoon(5a)

Thanks for that Q and A, I've been doing the same thing, having the same concerns, and appreciate Dave's answer.

Seems like there's a pruning balance between keeping the plant healthy from fungus and keeping enough leaves to avoid problems like sunscald....

    Bookmark   July 24, 2011 at 10:10AM
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