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Worries about early blight in tomato seedlings

Worries about early signs of blight in tomato seedlings and young plants. Could anyone please identify? Leaves curling and bobbling, some town spots appearing, some stems are looking a bit mildewy which ou can hopefully sew in the pic. Also thought maybe over watering? . Thought also might be leaf curl virus?



  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,527
    It is very early to be infected.  Tobacco mosaic virus can be transmitted from smokers fingers, but if you don't smoke I think the most likely is too cold at night.
  • edhelkaedhelka Posts: 2,278
    I think it is too soon for early blight and it doesn't look like early blight but I don't know what it is.
  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 8,131
    The hairy stems are normal. You can plant them deep, up to the first leaves, and they'll grow new roots from the stem.
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 8,343
    Where have you got them, purple on the leaves is usually a sign of stress, changes in temp maybe, yes, too early for even "early" blight.
  • LynLyn Posts: 21,366
    Are there any white fly under the leaves.
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 9,974
    As your plants are generally not as well as they should be it may be the growing conditions aren't right.
    Is the area bright with lots of good light and good ventilation and the right sort of temperature?
    The plants look as if they're all a bit crowded, so if an infection gets to one plant, it can easily travel to the next one.
    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • treehugger80treehugger80 Posts: 1,923
    almost looks like sunburn? have you been watering when it was sunny? and did you get the water on the leaves?
  • SkandiSkandi Posts: 1,619
    The first thing I would guess looking at those is overwatering. it causes leaf roll in conjunction with strong light and can kill the leaves, the soil looks very very wet. I see the white bit on the stem you mean, that isn't normal no.
    I would let them dry out totally, untill they start to wilt and then water, if you have recently moved them to a place with more light that might have caused some of the damage as well. (but is unlikely to do more now)
  • TobykeaneTobykeane Posts: 42
    Thank you all
    for your comments. Ok so I am hoping it was just early stress then. I did go away on holiday and forgot to ask my house mate to water and they did wilt a bit. Then they were watered a Lot, So maybe just overwatering. I currently have them under 65000k office led strip lights. They are quite powerful putting out over 10k lux at closest leaves. Maybe too strong? On a timer with a fan for 16hrs a day. 

    Ill try reduce water water and see if it helps. Glad to hear early blight is unlikely!

  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 9,974
    I think it's the growing conditions that are causing the problems.
    10k lux isn't great - ideally plants need 25k-50k lux which is what they'd get from the sun.
    The plants are very close together, so leaves are being shaded by other leaves forcing the plants to stretch.
    When the lights are off, it's probably a bit too humid which is encouraging fungi.
    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
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