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Problem With Tomato Plants

Leicestershire, United Kingdom Gb

A few of my tomato plants seem to be dying :-(
There are lots of tomatoes on the plants but 3 or 4 of them seem to be dying, like the main stem is rotting. Any idea why this is happening?




This is botrytus or blight.
There have been a number of questions about this over the last few days and the consensus of opinion is that the plants should be disposed of.
Why is it happening - blight spores are much more active in the warm, humid weather conditions that most people are experiencing at the moment.

28 Jul, 2009


Thank you very much Bulbaholic. Not the answer I like to hear though :-(((
Will it spread to the other plants if I dont get rid then?

28 Jul, 2009


It does spread Dawn, Ive got a photo I intend to post later of it on a poppy!!!
Get it out of your garden and either bin or burn it.
Blight as I said the other day will also spread to potatoes but I don't know of any others. Sorry it wasn't better news but you should really see to it tonight

28 Jul, 2009


Yes Dawn...get rid of the plants affected.But you could always ripen the tomatoes from them on a bright windowsill !

28 Jul, 2009


Hi Ian, what a shame, the affected toms are loaded with toms too :-((((
I'll look out for your photo of your poppy.
I'll sort it tomorrow - I'm in my PJ's at the mo, lol.
So will it come back each year now?
I know you said you'd used Jeyes Fluid to no avail - I'm so upset.

28 Jul, 2009


Thanks Ray/Jane: I'll strip the toms off and ripen them on the window sill then.

28 Jul, 2009


Just watch the ripening fruits as they could also be blighted. Keep on newspaper or something else you can chuck (or in the case of newspaper recycle!)

28 Jul, 2009


Thanks MoonGrower, I have noticed a few green toms on the floor with rot around the stem. So frustrating, isnt it. Will the spores survive in the greenhouse? Dont want next year's crop to be affected.

28 Jul, 2009


Sorry Dawn but the answer to this is also yes, the spores can live in the soil and devistate next years crop all over again. An old allotmenteer told me to dilute a cap of Jays fluid into a gallon of water in a watering can and spray this all over the area. I would also wash down any surfaces and the inside of the glass as well.

28 Jul, 2009


To be honest the only way to be sure is to destroy the whole plants... ripening toms. and all - just don't put in the compost!

28 Jul, 2009


Thanks guys. I'll get rid of the affected plants and toms asap, I always clean the greenhouse, inside and out with Jeyes Fluid each autumn but this autumn I'll make the solution is stronger, I always put a barrier between plants and the soil i.e. grow bags so hopefully this will help.

28 Jul, 2009



28 Jul, 2009


Thats OK Bulbaholic - the deed is now done :-(

29 Jul, 2009

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