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Tomatoes wilting/yellow and fruit shrivelled

Hi there,

I've been growing my tomatoes for a few weeks now and the fruit has started to come through but I've noticed a few yellow leaves and the fruit that has come through quickly withers and shrivels up. Pictures below.

The main part of the plants look healthy and I haven't had problems with my other tomato plants (not pictured).

Any thoughts?


  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,358
    They look very congested which isn't great, and the soil looks terribly wet. Is it a variety that needs the side shoots removed? It's hard to see, but that would help get a bit more sir flow round them.
    Are there any black/brown marks on stems?
    Yellowing foliage isn't necessarily a problem as they drop the old foliage as time goes on. The plants don't need it so much once fruiting gets underway either. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • purplerallimpurplerallim Posts: 5,228
    I agree with Fairygirl,  they are too congested. Lack of air and damp roots/soil will cause this problem. Your best bet is to take away leaves starting at the bottom, cutting back to the main stem, until you reach the first fruits. Any that look like your photo need removing. Higher up you could remove leaves that overshadow any fruit, allowing light into the centre of the plants.
  • some of my stems are blalk in places and fruit going brown towards the top
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,013
    edited August 2021
    Im sorry @mikejburcham   but that’s Blight. There’s nothing you can do but pull them all up and put them in the Council bin. We’ve lost all our 20 plants and the best crop ever this year. It’s a really bad year for blight 😢 

    Sorry to give you such bad news on your first query to this forum. 

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

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,358
    No consolation, but there have been many people in the same boat this year.
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Shoxt3rShoxt3r Posts: 196
    Ok thanks for the heads-up about the blight. I will dispose of the plants as soon as possible - the situation has got a lot worse since I took those photos. Pretty much all of the plants are now infected but thankfully my other tomato crops appear to be unaffected (the plants photographed above were just naturally growing from the previous years' crop).

    Do I need to treat/remove the compost they've been growing in or just ensure any plants and fruit are disposed of in the green waste bin rather than garden waste?
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