Bugs! Dry Splotchy leaves, holes.

Rubidot(9)August 30, 2012

I've got a bunch of tomato plants growing this year, and they seem to be doing pretty well for the most part. The biggest one, though seems to have some issues, and the younger ones in the same planter may be following suit.

First off, the leaf stems grow down. They're not limp, they just seem to want to grow straight down instead of out to the sides like they normally do. Other than that, the top half or so of the plant looks healthy and strong. The lower portion of the plant though, the leaves are brown and yellow and splotchy and curled up. The tomatoes are great, just had a little bit of cracking and a hole or two in the very ripe ones I've had so far, which looks clearly like the work of some small insect. I think I should just pick the tomatoes a little earlier, before the bugs eat them.

And the bugs. There's little black ants crawling over my tomato plants, but I didn't think much of it as we have them everywhere. Could they be boring the holes in my ripe tomatoes? Then there's spiders, moved in to eat the ants, I assume, and I just discovered two big green caterpillars with pointy tail things. I'm guessing they're hornworms and I should remove them. I've also seen what I think are aphids, but they're more on my onions, I haven't seen them on the tomatoes.

Is there something wrong with my plant that I need to address, or is this normal stuff that I don't need to worry about? I water every couple days.

Here is a link that might be useful: Photos of the plants

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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

The things with the pointy tails need to die. They can eat most of a tomato plant overnight. Hornworms.

Plants are short pf water -- symptoms = curled/rolled & dried leaves.

I don't see the aphids and/or black things you mentioned.

    Bookmark   August 30, 2012 at 9:52PM
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Rubidot(9)

These pictures don't show the little black bugs, and I haven't seen them much on the tomatoes. After putting this up, I noticed that there's little green aphids on a leaf in one of the pictures. I never noticed them before because they're so small and green. I'm going to try spraying them with soap.

Here is a link that might be useful: Photo of Aphids

    Bookmark   August 31, 2012 at 12:46AM
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Rubidot(9)

Thanks, I got rid of the hornworms. I water this the same as the ones in the planter right next to it, but those are doing well, and they get a bit more sun.

    Bookmark   August 31, 2012 at 12:48AM
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helenh(z6 SW MO)

The ants are there for the aphids. Aphids leave a sticky residue that attracts other insects. Aphids can make leaves curl and look dry.

    Bookmark   September 3, 2012 at 12:25PM
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