Tomato blight

GrajeanGrajean Posts: 156

The outdoor tomato plants were looking good, lots of leafy growth and masses of tomatoes. Looked yesterday and the dreaded blight had appeared overnight. Certainly not due to rain as here in NW France we need it! Very humid here and perhaps my husband got water on the leaves. Have just read not to eat the fruits. Very disappointing. The plants in the GH are ok but not had as many toms as usual. Oh to be a gardener!

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  • Allotment BoyAllotment Boy North London Posts: 1,307

    I am afraid we have had blight here in the London suburbs on my Allotment site for some weeks now. Curiously some plots crops have been wiped out some surviving. I suspect the many of the  survivors have kept/used old stocks of fungicide!  The Greenhouse affords some protection but as its  airborne it will probably get in at some point. 

    AB Still learning
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 48,963

    Or maybe they're growing one of the new Blight Resistant varieties Iain?

    The other year when the rest of my tomatoes were wiped out the Crimson Crush survived unscathed and produced a good crop.  The same happened to my friend with whom I exchange tomato plants. I   grow Crimson Crush every year now.  

    http://www.suttons.co.uk/Gardening/Vegetable+Seeds/Popular+Vegetable+Seeds/Salad/Tomato+Seeds+-+F1+Crimson+Crush_182440.htm 

    "...tea and toasted buttered currant buns, can't compensate for lack of sun because the summer's all gone..."   Autumn Almanac - Ray Davies
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 3,775

    If you sign up to blightwatch they send an email when blight conditions have been met in your postcode area. This is what I get - 

    **********************
    Good morning

    A Smith Period alert is in place today for at least one of your chosen postcode area(s).

    A 'Full' Smith Period occurs when the following criteria are met on 2 consecutive days:-

    Minimum air temperatures are at least 10°C Relative Humidity is 90% or above for at least 11 hours Please visit the website for full details of all affected areas.


    Best regards

    Blightwatch support

    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
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