Return to the Tomato Pests & Diseases Forum | Post a Follow-Up

tomato leaf 'miners' please help

Posted by hopefulelialways dl149hj (My Page) on
Wed, Feb 8, 06 at 9:17

hello everyone,a friend thinks he has tomato leaf miners overwintering in his green house.any advice gratefully accepted .thanks.

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: tomato leaf 'miners' please help

hello everyone,a friend thinks he has tomato leaf miners overwintering in his green house.any advice gratefully accepted .thanks.

Is the concern about tomato plants in the greenhouse? And what are they overwintering on? And have you or this person checked out the life cycle of Leaf Miners?

And where is this person located? Leaf Miner infestation of tomato foliage is not all that common but can be found in some of the southern states in outside plants.


RE: tomato leaf 'miners' please help

I've dealt with these only in outdoor situations. I've been very successful with an agressive pluck and destroy pattern. Pinch off any affected foliage and remove it absolutely (ziploc baggies are great if you can't burn immediately). Spray the bejeebers out of the tomato plant with pyrethrin-based spray (miners are apparently repelled by it) and watch the leaves like a hawk. Pinch out any showing tunneling.

I have had to essentially denude a plant with a bad infestation, but once the leaves are plucked and the plants are fertilized, they've sprung back very happily and flowering was only delayed by a couple of weeks. On the plants that I really had to strip, I also trimmed out the blossoming ends, because I figured that a plant that had no leaves had no business having blossoms til it had something to feed them with. Those plants re-leafed and reblossomed almost simultaneously and didn't really seem much the worse for it, other than the couple of weeks' delay.

 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!

Return to the Tomato Pests & Diseases Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.

Learn more about in-text links on this page here