Just got back into gardening after many years of not bothering and grow
my own tomato plants from seeds I probably put them outside a bit to
early (two weeks ago) now I notice the lower leaves have black spots o
them and not looking very good.
I Googled for an answer but I'm not sure I've had the definitive repl
exactly, so far it's only the lower leaves and the plants have starte
to grow again after the sudden shock of all that cold rain...are the
doomed do you think
Are they spots or patches? Are they black or purplish brown? Are they brown
on the outer edge of the leaf? If spots are they small or large?
If they are purplish brown starting on the lower leaves, then it sounds like
Tomato Leaf mould. This usually occurs in greenhouses but can happen outside
If brown on the outer part of the leaf then blight could be the cause.
If small spots occur then a deficiency may be the cause or the cold which
has a similar affect (the plant can't access the nutrients properly if the
weather is cold.).
Are black spots forming on the vines too?
How cold has it been for the past two weeks?
...because it sounds like the "late"(a misnomer) blight came early.
Thanks for the replies Rondoc and the others I though when I posted
was talking on a UK forum so by south I meant London ! but I gues
basic principles apply
I can't do anything until I know which of the replies are nearest t
what's going on for me I suspect higher fertility might be needed i
ground that has been uncultivated for some few years.
and it's spots and not burned edges of the leaf? which could mean that
they weren't hardened off properly. If that be the case you can relax
now, the damage is over, and they will recommence to develop normally.
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