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Old 05-17-2019, 06:36 AM   #1
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Looks like another terrible year here in the mid-Atlantic to grow tomatoes... at least so far. Tool cool and waaaayyy too wet like the last 2 years. I put these plants in pots about 2 weeks ago and have not had to water them since. I believe there has only been 1 day in that stretch without some rain. there are 3 varieties of tomato and all have the same coloration. It doesn't look like a classic blight from what I have been able to find. Anyone here have an idea what I am dealing with?
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Old 05-17-2019, 07:03 AM   #2
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Lack of sunlight?

Too wet?

Poor soil?

Too early for hornworms.


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Only one of those that applies is "too wet". Like I said, it has rained every single day except maybe one here since I potted them and the soil in the pots is saturated, even though they have drain holes. My pepper plants look fine although they could use to dry out, too.
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Look up images of tomato mosaic virus.

You need to move to California. Few squirrels & good tomato crops.
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Crap. Don't you know it would be something that has no treatment. All these plants came from the same nursery so I guess that could be the source. Maybe I should just rip 'em out and start all over, of course cleaning out the pots and getting new dirt. Or maybe just keep buying my tomatoes at the store.

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Look up images of tomato mosaic virus.

You need to move to California. Few squirrels & good tomato crops.
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Rust diseases on tomato plants are fungal diseases. ... Fungal diseases spread by spores, carried by the wind to uninfected tomato plants and the tiny powdery spores produced by the fungus often look like rust spots.
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Crap. Don't you know it would be something that has no treatment. All these plants came from the same nursery so I guess that could be the source. Maybe I should just rip 'em out and start all over, of course cleaning out the pots and getting new dirt. Or maybe just keep buying my tomatoes at the store.
See if the nursery will give your money back.
I just grow from tomatoes that have gone bad in the refrigerator. I let them dry, then plant.

I've read that not all plants have seeds that will sprout but they sure do for me.
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Interesting... it finally dried out a bit here and the newer leaves came in clear... nice solid dark green. So maybe it was just too much water too soon and not enough sunlight. I pulled off the mottled lower leaves and so far the plants look good. Fingers crossed.
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I hope so. I know iron deficiency & too much water can cause yellowing, but it's larger, more solid blotches.

My grape vines became spotted after a crop duster flew over.
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These plants are in pots so heavy rain can quickly wash away most of the nutrients. I hit them with a little Miracle Gro which also helped fortify the new growth. Have to do that more often when it rains this much.
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See if the nursery will give your money back.
I just grow from tomatoes that have gone bad in the refrigerator. I let them dry, then plant.

I've read that not all plants have seeds that will sprout but they sure do for me.

A saved tomato seed must ferment a bit before it is dried for storage or they don't sprout. Perhaps they are getting enough in your Fridge.


Hybrids may not develop as the same plant as the parent. The older varieties all spawn true.
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A saved tomato seed must ferment a bit before it is dried for storage or they don't sprout. Perhaps they are getting enough in your Fridge.


Hybrids may not develop as the same plant as the parent. The older varieties all spawn true.
I don't know why they sprout & grow so well. Last year I had one that sprawled 8 feet, all from a rotten tomato.

I just notice a tomato is too soft, it dries in the fridge & one day I plant it. You could toss it outside & it would grow.
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How many seeds do you plant at once?

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I don't know why they sprout & grow so well. Last year I had one that sprawled 8 feet, all from a rotten tomato.

I just notice a tomato is too soft, it dries in the fridge & one day I plant it. You could toss it outside & it would grow.
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How many seeds do you plant at once?
This is embarassing, but I just plant the whole dried tomato. I may be buying gourmet tomatoes that aren't hybrids. Not beefsteak but smaller ones that come in clusters. About the size of a Roma, but round & thinner skinned.

This is tomato ranch country. Hot, drier summers. Mold is seen as the enemy.

I have a habit of growing anything that may grow from kitchen refuse.

Edit: I do put the soft tomato in the top of the refrigerator door. It is warmer & may be drier. No plastic bag. A brown bag would probably work for the fastidious.
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That's the kind I usually buy, too. They are Sunset brand "Campari" tomatoes. Come from Ontario, Canada of all places. Must be hydroponic but they are very good. Maybe I should try planting some of those seeds.

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This is embarassing, but I just plant the whole dried tomato. I may be buying gourmet tomatos that aren't hybrids. Not beefsteak but smaller ones that come in clusters. About the size of a Roma, but round & thinner skinned.

This is tomato ranch country. Hot, drier summers. Mold is seen as the enemy.

I have a habit of growing anything that may grow from kitchen refuse.
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