You love growing tomatoes in your garden, but your tomatoes get many trouble problems that you don’t know causes. And after a long time up to the harvest time comes, the result is in contrast. Instead of A beautiful and delicious tomato in expectation, that is these are infected and poorly yielding tomatoes. So, in the post today we will share 13 common diseases of tomatoes and some ways to fix them. Learn about them with us!
If your fruit with black sunken areas on the blossom end, few flowers or flowers dropping, fruit cracking, poor fruit set…any one of the problems that we mention here, the first thing that you have to notice starts with healthy plants to fend off pests and disease. Be sure to provide plenty of organic soil and water for your tomatoes and locate them where they will get full sun. In addition, to keep your tomato plants thriving and producing awesome fruit, make sure that you provide a steady source of nutrients when you plant and throughout the growing season. No matter how well cared for your plants are, they can still be plagued by issues if you don’t know the right ways to fix them. After reading the post, we hope that the next your tomatoes season will give a bountiful harvest as desired.
#1 Fruit with Black Sunken Areas On The Blossom End
Blossom end rot presents as ugly black sunken spots on the blossom end of tomatoes because they lack calcium. In addition, blossom-end rot is also exacerbated by excessively dry conditions, uneven watering, excess nitrogen, or root damage. To fix, provide your tomatoes with enough calcium(crushed eggshells are a great option both in the planting hole and also around the base of the plant). Water tomatoes deeply one to two times a week rather than lightly more often. This promotes healthy root growth.
#2 Few Flowers or Flowers Dropping
If your plant only develops a few flowers or the flowers begin to drop off before setting fruit, it could be because of any of the following: stress from drought, too much nitrogen, too little sun. Help keep your plants strong by regular feeding and planting to draw pollinators
#3 Fruit Cracking
Tomatoes may suffer circular cracking. Cracks are generally the result of hot and rainy weather. If the weather has been particularly arid with little rain and tomatoes are thirsty, they soak up the water from the rain quickly which causes the fruit to swell and crack. Be sure to provide plenty of moisture for your tomatoes during the growing season.
If your tomatoes are scalded by the sun, let’s use a sturdy wire cage around the plant that allows for stable branch support and natural shade for developing tomatoes. Sunscald most frequently appears on plants that have been heavily pruned leaving too little foliage and too few branches for shade.
#5 Deformed Fruit
If your tomatoes appear deformed and the blossom end is rippled and lump, plant tomatoes a little later, once the weather is truly warm. You can also use black plastic on the soil to help plants stay warm at night.
#6 Poor Fruit Set
Tomato plants that receive too much nitrogen will develop into big green busy adults but they also may have few flowers and small, tasteless fruits. Not leaving enough space between plants does not allow for proper pollination which can also cause poor fruit set. Be sure to leave at least two feet or more between plants for air circulation and pollination.
#7 Leaf Rolling / Leaf Curl
Curled leaves at the bottom of a tomato plant are caused by high temperatures or wet soil which causes stress. It may look ugly but thankfully, this condition will not impact tomato development. To help your plants recover, don’t over-prune and make sure to plant in well-draining soil or containers with plenty of drainages.
#8 Brown Spots On Leaves
If your tomatoes are gotten Early Blight. When planting tomatoes be sure to stake and prune plants to encourage circulation. Disinfect your pruning shears using one part bleach and 4 parts water, after each cut. Keep dead or decaying organic material away from plants and use a layer of organic compost under plants. To keep foliage dry, use a drip irrigation system. Baking soda has fungicidal properties that can help stop blight or reduce the spread.
#9 Wilting Plants
Plants impacted by Fusarium Wilt may look fine one day and suddenly begin to wilt the next day. This condition is caused by a fungus that attacks the vascular system of the plant. The best way to handle the condition is to take a preventative approach. Crop rotation is essential as is purchasing wilt resistant varieties of tomatoes.
#10 Powdery Mildew
Leaves that are impacted by powdery mildew look as if they have been brushed with a fine white powder. In addition, you may also find white spots on the stem. To combat, you can use the mixture milk follow, using 60% milk and 40% water as a plant spray. It is thought that when milk is exposed to the sun it creates free radicals that kill the fungus. Spray leaves twice a week for the best results.