I set my tomatoes out a little over a week ago. Some already had flower
clusters. The neighbor sprayed the fence row a few days later with Round-Up
and now our tomatoe's new growth is all distorted from the drift. Will they
recover and produce fruit or will they remained deformed and not bear?
Please, does anyone know? Should I replace them or will they recover?
Thank you for replying. I wish I had somewhere else to move the garden but
no other sunny spots exist. On the other side of us the owners spray their
gravel driveway to keep it clean looking. We've gotten the drift from them a
few times, but not on our tomatoes. Tomatoes must be very sensitive as the
peppers and okra are unaffected.
They seem to be delighted to help. They've even mailed me information on
specific plantings when I wanted to do more landscaping with local
plants to conserve on water.
I've put in a few Lantana for a start. I really like their blooms and
I'm afraid your tomatoes are doomed. Glyphosate (Roundup) Is
relatively slow acting systemic herbicide. Even if by some miracle the
do survive I doubt they will thrive, even after a sniff of the stuff
Replant now is my advice.
50 years an arable farme
Ask your neighbor to replace the plants.
Roundup is quite short-lived, so if the plants survive at all they may well
Gary Woods AKA K2AHC- PGP key on request, or at home.earthlink.net/~garygarlic
Zone 5/6 in upstate New York, 1420' elevation. NY WO G
I don't want to get on their bad side over a few dollars. They're trying to
clean up a messy weed strewn yard left by the old owners of their property.
The plants still look healthy and are a nice green color. Just the newest
growth is deformed and curled. We're sick over this.
Don't just sit there and stew. Ask your neighbors to be careful
with their spraying, because you have put in a lot of effort you
don't want it to affect your garden, especially with food prices
spiraling upwards.. If they continue, you'll know what their
attitude about you is. If they ask about their spraying, be sure
to let them know, as matter of factly as you can, about the
correlation between their spraying and the damage to your tomatoes.
When your tomatoes come in, be sure to offer a few to your
The last one, at first glance, may not seem relevant but give it
a good perusal.
I believe roundup is a systemic herbicide. If your plants were
healthy to begin with, you could take a few and try removing the new
growth - pinch back. Kind of like sucking the venom from a snakebite
(OK, I think that's just Hollywood, but the principle is the same).
Only if you leave it go, you're too late. The stuff works it's way to
the roots and then kills the plant.
Or maybe there was something else going on, and they wilted from too
much sun, just coincidence re: neighbors. I do know one thing, if I
had even slightly misted my 'mater plants with roundup, they'd be
dead. Karma is a real.. you know.
That's why I'm graduating to a flamer this year. Could be fun if I
don't blow myself up.
Om, you get them at the hardware store. They're called a "weed burner."
You use propane to fuel them. They're kind of expensive.
We use them for everything but flame killing weeds here...
Mostly the SO uses ours (we have several) to pre-heat our diesel farm
tractors and bulldozers in the winter, so they'll start. It's not a
trick for the faint of heart, as the oil & grease on heavy equipment
will light on fire readily, so you have to be prepared to put the fire
I have used our weed burner to burn the dried weeds/grass off a garden
plot in the spring. Timing is critical -- it's got to be exactly the day
the grass dries out enough to burn, but before the whole neighborhood is
dried-out, so I don't start a forest fire.
We have a big hemp nettle infestation down on the ranch, but I was told
to not flame kill it. It's in the loafing area where our cows hang out
all winter, so the soil is real heavy in organics, which will catch fire
like crazy, once it dries out.
HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.