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Tomato plant stems are dying, but growing new shoots

Posted by oyjoy 5b (My Page) on
Fri, Sep 14, 12 at 16:55

My container cherry tomato plant stems are dying, but is growing new shoots. It is at the end of the season and I continue to harvest healthy tomatoes. The temperatures are going down to 40 degrees at night, but it is in the 70's during the day. I have a very sunny apartment and can bring the plant indoors. My questions are:
Can I cut the dead stems off the plant before the shoots, without killing the plant?
Will these new shoots grow tomatoes or should I just harvest the remainder of the fruits and call it a day (season)?


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RE: Tomato plant stems are dying, but growing new shoots

If it were me I'd call it a season, harvest what you can and then dispose of the plant since you haven't indicated what disease you think it might be that's affecting the stems and I suppose leaves as well.

My guess would be one of the two common fungal doseases, either Early Blight ( A' solani), which can occur early OR late in the season, or Septoria Leaf Spot, and not Late Blight ( P. infestans), which can also occur early or late in the season, b'c if it were the latter no new stems would probably be appearing.

Carolyn


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