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Help - What KILLED my Tomatoes

Hello All

Planted some tomatoes in a planter like every other year.  Used seed from previous disease free harvest.
A good crop of fruits.  Regular feed and daily water.  Then came the long rains and a sudden change in fruit and plant  appearance.  Crop all but totally ruined.  

Suggestions please.  Pics are now.

Much obliged.


  • It depends where you are... I'd think outdoor tomatoes in the UK will be claimed by the lower temperatures by now. They would usually wilt and turn brown
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  • yep went down to 6degrees C last night in the midlands. 
    I still have some grapes ripening outside but all other soft fruit fell off a good month ago already.

    I doubt kabous is in the UK. Shame about your tomatoes, sounds like they got waterlogged and the roots started rotting. It could have been many factors but do make sure there are enough drainage holes and your soil is not too compacted. Adding 20% perlite can help make your soil airier.
  • KabousKabous Posts: 5
    I'm on the North Wales coast and we've not had low temperatures yet.  I suspect a rot or an infection if some sort.  The soil is a good mix of topsoil and compost with good drainage.
  • edhelkaedhelka Posts: 2,350
    It looks like tomato blight. If you haven't had this in previous years, you were lucky. Growing tomatoes outside is basically a race against blight.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,829
    Looks like blight to me. 

    I grow tomatoes outside every year. Only had a bad attack of blight once. 

    This year we had no problems at all ... not even any BER 😃   I grew four plants each of Sungold and Green Zebra, planted out into the veg patch at the end of May. 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • edhelkaedhelka Posts: 2,350
    I think it depends mostly on location - if tomatoes are grown nearby and similar factors, because it's spread by wind. In my last house, I haven't had blight. In the new house, it arrived at the beginning of October last year and around the same time this year. Still long enough season to have a good crop but it is a kind of race.
  • KabousKabous Posts: 5
    Great comments thank you.
  • GrannybeeGrannybee Posts: 329
    It does look like blight. I grew the blight resistant 'Crimson Crush' outside this year. It was a very successful crop and did not succumb to blight, despite the warnings from the Blightwatch website. I will grow them gain next year once I worked out how to support the heavy crop!
  • BrexiteerBrexiteer Posts: 955
    The only time I ever had rot or fungus problems were when I tried to grow them in an area that is not as open to fresh air circulation between 2 sheds
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