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Preventing phytotoxicity when spraying tomato plants

Posted by dancinglemons 7B (My Page) on
Fri, Jun 29, 12 at 2:50

Hello all,

I do not usually use a spray that causes phytotoxicity but last year my toms were wiped out by russet mite. I am using a spray this year which has a phyto warning. If there is anyone here who uses a spray which warns not to use when temps are 90 or above -- please post what you do when spray is needed but temps are 90+ for weeks on end.

Should I go ahead and spray but do so in the late evening?? I'm using Azamax alternating with 'Take Down' spray and it is the 'Take Down' spray that concerns me about the phytotoxic warning. I have done several web search but all that comes up is mari****a growing sites.

Would like to know what folks do when spray is needed and waiting for 80degree days is not an option.

Thanks in advance,

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: Preventing phytotoxicity when spraying tomato plants

You obey the warnings ,what else can you do ?

RE: Preventing phytotoxicity when spraying tomato plants

I am using Take Down this year but am able to spray at sundown when the temp is below 80. I used powdered sulpher last year for russet mites with better success and less chance of plant damage. The problem with sulpher is you cannot use it within 30 days of an oil based spray, but if your temps stay above 80 for weeks on end, that may not be an issue.

RE: Preventing phytotoxicity when spraying tomato plants

I would find a different spray to use. Otherwise I'd spray very early in the morning if temps allow (it was 92 here at 8am).


RE: Preventing phytotoxicity when spraying tomato plants

Thanks everyone. I will do an experiment and use 'Take Down' spray on only one plant in late evening (8PM). The other plants will just get the AzaMax. If after a few days there is no damage - I will return to my spray program. I will report back.


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