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Tomato Blights

Tomato Southern Blight Treatments

early tomato blight

As temperatures climb, tomato plants thrive with regular watering and fertilization, often producing masses of fruit. However, when warm rains follow hot, dry spells, a fungus lying in the soil called sclerotium rolfsii, or southern blight, can gain a foothold in any garden and destroy an entire tomato bed overnight.

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Tomato Early Blight Treatments and Fungicides

early tomato blight

Early blight is the most common leaf-spot disease affecting tomato plants in the Northeast. The fungi works by forming small fruiting colonies on the leaves, from which spores emerge to infect more leaf area, eventually causing the entire leaf to turn dead brown. Although this sounds dreadful, there are treatments for this disease.

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Tomato Early Blight

early tomato blight

Early blight is very common in the Northeast and occurs there to some extent wherever tomatoes are grown. Although it’s called “early blight,” it can actually occur any time during the growing season attacking the leaves, stems and fruit. It can also cause disease on its nightshade cousins; potatoes, peppers and eggplants.

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Tomato Late Blight

Potentially devastating to the home gardener, late blight can wipe out an entire tomato crop, and all the hard work that went into it, in a few short weeks. Moreover, adding insult to injury, late blight can also affect peppers, potatoes, and eggplant.

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