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SebSeb Posts: 14

Hi all.

This is my first time growing tomatoes and they are looking a bit sorry.

Looking online I think they may have blight and I'm thinking the dark areas in the stem mean it's spread to that and eventually will to the fruit?

I wanted to use an organic fungicide and read up on vegetable oil, bicarbonate soda and water solution and have been spraying them regularly with this but no luck it's still spreading.  I removed the more affected leaves and continue to do so but still no joy.

Are they beyond saving?





  • granmagranma Posts: 1,929

    The mixture your spraying isn't too strong is it .

    Blight is usually air born so there is not a lot you can do if it is this .

    Are they growing near potatoes. ?

  • SebSeb Posts: 14
    I don't think so. I followed the instructions carefully.

    No I have potatoes in garden (first time for these also) but the tomatoes are at the other end of garden quite far away.
  • Steve 309Steve 309 Posts: 2,753

    Quite early for blight.  The spores are indeed airborne and tend to be about in late summer when it's hot and humid.

    Lower leaves do often go yellow and fall off without causing much harm.  This is tomato blight.

  • SebSeb Posts: 14
    Is there anything else I can do? Do I destroy it? It's spread to the stem. I think you can see it in the picture. I'm not sure what I've done wrong with the two of them!
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,878

    I'd not give up on them as I'm not SURE it's blight. If it is, then they're gonners,but a bit of TLC and feeding might help,

    If you've got chilly nights, try a bit of fleece over them. Cold can turn the leaves purple too.

  • SebSeb Posts: 14
    I read that wet weather can cause it? We have had a lot of rainfall in May in June after a promising start to the Summer in April.
  • cathy43cathy43 Posts: 373

    Don't now where you are, but could they have cold, we got down to 5 last night and have had a cold wind for weeks.  The tomatoes themselves look healthy. personally I would keep going with them and perhaps try and shelter them a bit, they don't like changes in temperature

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,878

    Seb, wet weather "CAN" cause it, but it doesn't mean if it's wet it "WILL" cause is. Have patience, plants want to live  , they don't want to die.


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,957

    Can't see the black patches in the main stem that I've seen in tom blight before.  I agree with Hosta - it's too early to panic - pick off the damaged leaflets, don't overwater and don't let the leaves get wet. - if they're in a greenhouse or conservatory shade the plants in striong sunlight. 

    Good luck image

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

  • SebSeb Posts: 14
    Ok thanks. I'll push on with advice and keep my fingers crossed.
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