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Problem with tomato plant

emma_garrardemma_garrard Posts: 2
edited July 2019 in Fruit & veg

I'm new so apologies if this ends up in the wrong place.

One of my tomato plants doesn't look too good (I've got 8 but only one having problems). The bottom leaves are turning yellow and brown and all the leaves are curling.

I've had a look on Google but struggling to find the answer 😣
Plants are outdoor in sunny location.

Any help gratefully received! 



  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,528
    Too much sun last week , I think. The tomatoes look scorched as well.  Any bottom leaves turning yellow can be cut off now.
  • Knee DeepKnee Deep Posts: 22
    The sun has been too strong for my tomatoes also, Aubergines seem ok with the heat. There have been some tomatoes with rot at the top of the tomato, not sure why. Any ideas?
  • BobFlannigonBobFlannigon Posts: 619
    Sorry to disagree here but I don't think that's scorching, that tends to be localised and light (imagine water droplets on a leaf burning into it). 
    It looks more like early blight; the stem bottom right of the second photo appears to have blackened, can you confirm that's the case, Emma?
  • Thanks everyone,

    Bob - yes the stem is black. Can the plant be saved? 
  • BobFlannigonBobFlannigon Posts: 619
    Sorry to bring bad news.  My recommendation would be to cut off any fruit that isn't infected and ripen it elsewhere then throw the plant in the bin (don't compost it) to avoid it spreading to others.  And (sorry) best not use that soil for tomatoes next year either.
    If you're really keen to try and save it you could move it well away from any others and cut off all the infected bits and see what's left after that.  Early blight does tend to spread slower than late blight.

    Blight is a real pain (it gets all of us at some point!).  There are a few things you can do to improve your chances: good ventilation around the plant, water only the soil to help keep the stems dry, try growing more blight-resistant varieties (Mountain Magic is great).  The very best thing, if you're lucky enough to have one, is to grow them in a greenhouse (I guess a polytunnel would work well to), as this keeps them dry.
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