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Tomato plant deformity 2016

Raised my Tomato's as usual this year and gained healthy plants to first truss. Bought 8 Levington original growbags and planted up 6 bags. After a strong growth the plants began to curl and deform as if hormone weedkiller contaminated. Friend 4 miles away who bought same batch of Levington had same issue. Second batch of tomato's planted using newly bought Levington and two bags from lot 1. The plants in lot 1 bags have also started to deform - all the others in new bags and outside are healthy. No spraying has been done, no chance of drift and all plants were kept together. It'snot a blight and night temp variation curl is different.

Anyone else had issues with grow bags this year?



  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,720

    Complain to the manufacturer. There is no control over the "recycled" stuff that goes in. I put all my bindweed and dock roots in the bin to go to the council. It get "recycled" back into peat free compost.

    i'll stick to the stuff containing peat. It might be a £1 a bag dearer. I dont waste the seed and plant money though

  • BLTBLT Posts: 525

    Poor compost maybe but maybe there is some kind of chemical damage or even hormonal damage.. Can you describe the deformity is it for examp;e whip like spindly leaves???

  • jon cjon c Posts: 2

    Scott \ Levington acknowledge an issue with some batches of compost. Definite Hormone Weedkiller symptoms.

    Growth is accelerated and spindly, leaves begin to resemble fern growth after 3rd node , deform and do not form. Fruit truss flowers distort or do not form and fruits mis-shape, At about 4' dieback begins and stems become deformed. Lead shoot becomes club like. Disaster.

    Soil samples sent to Scott \ Levington for analysis.

  • My tomato plants have severe hormone weedkiller damage this year and are planted in Levington Tomorite giant grow bags. I want to complain to the company that makes Levington compost but can't find an address for them on the web. Does anyone know an email address or postal address for them, please.

  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 10,341

    It would be interesting to see some pics.

    Maybe others out there have the same problem and are wondering why.

    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • Hi

    I'm new here  found this thread because I was Googling about tomato deformity and Levington grow bags.  

    Hmmmmm not just me then. I had a suspicion it was the grow bags as I have 6 bags in total - 5 Levington and 1 I got from Lidl. All the Levington bags are deformed with curled leaves and new growth curled like fern. The Lidl bag is doing really well. 

    Will the the fruit therefore not be safe to eat from the Levington bags? Should I just chuck all the plants away?

    Not at home at mo but will try to take some photos later.


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 84,027

    Looks like other people are complaining via this website

    Scroll down to the comments ...

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 84,027

    How rude of me image  I should have said Welcome Aboard Kateinthegarden  image - please feel free to join in the conversations in the Potting Shed as well as the gardening sections 

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

  • Jan137Jan137 Posts: 1

    I have lost my entire crop of Tomatoes, Chillis and Cucumbers in my two Greenhouses this year. The plants which were growing in Levingtons Growbags have all shown classic Aminopyralid Herbicide damage from the compost. Levingtons have finally admitted by phone (nothing in writing) that they have, "A problem" with the Growbags. However,they have not admitted what the problem is, offered an explanation or an apology. They have offered me a paltry sum of money to cover the cost of the Growbags and replacement plants, not the loss of crop, labour or disposal of their contaminated product. A truly awful response from the Scotts Miracle Gro Company after selling a contaminated product to the general public for the production of food. I suspect this is a widespread problem that a lot of people know nothing about. I shall not be buying their products again.

  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 21,924



    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
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