Tomato Care

There may be a fungus among us

This is a down to earth garden tip from Martin’s Pet and Garden Center.

Two of the most common diseases of tomatoes in the home garden are Early Blight and Septoria leaf spot. Septoria leaf spot is characterized by small brown spots on the leaves. Early Blight shows up as larger spots or areas on the leaves with a pattern of concentric circles.

Wet leaves for long periods of time promote tomato diseases. Staking or caging tomato plants helps keep the leaves off the ground which helps them dry faster. Mulching around the base of the plant can reduce splashing water.

Some varieties of tomatoes are more resistant to disease than others. Tomato diseases usually show up on the bottom leaves first and go up the plant.

Spraying the plants with a fungicide to prevent disease is better that trying to control disease after the plants are infected. Bonide’s Fung-onl or Mancozeb are both good fungicides for tomato diseases. (Leaf curling in hot weather is physiological disorder and not a disease that needs a fungicide)

For Tomato fungicide, stop by Martin’s Pet and Garden Center in downtown Elkhart, where we make YOU the expert.

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