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#1 GeoGreco

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Posted July 27 2009 - 11:32 AM

My plum tomato plants are starting to get the blight from all of this wet weather hoping it's not to late to treat. been removing the infected lower stems but it's starting to creep up. Hope it's not to late.



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Posted July 27 2009 - 11:40 AM

About a tablespoon of baking soda per pint of milk.....



Whole milk will do, powdered milk will do, buttermilk is better, raw milk (hard to get) is best. Some epsom salt (about 2 tablepsoons) added in won't hurt either.


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Posted July 27 2009 - 1:25 PM

I already lost one plant...i think it was blight. Lower branches started to yellow wit brown spots...i could see the stem around the base of the branch appeared to be rotting and turning brown...got a few tomatoes off the plant before it perished...



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Posted July 27 2009 - 1:38 PM

I have the same thing going on with a couple of plants.Do you just mix it up and spray it on the good part of the plant or the blighted part? or somewhere else?



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Posted July 27 2009 - 1:50 PM

I have the same thing going on with a couple of plants.Do you just mix it up and spray it on the good part of the plant or the blighted part? or somewhere else?



All over the plant........



And be aware, there are two different blights, early blight and late blight. The early blight can be controlled if caught early enough. Late blight (which evidently is more common this year because of infected plants coming into box stores) is almost impossible to control and wil kill the plant in short order.



I will try to find a few pictures to show the difference between the two.


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Posted July 27 2009 - 1:59 PM

Will it spread to the other plants? I have 4 that have that on them and i have been clipping off those stems and leaves.I have 12 plants 6 in 1 spot that have nothing on them and are looking great and 6 in another spot w/4 that have the blight.I did'nt get any of my plants from Big Box places all from a local grower.The ones that have it are all plum/roma tomatoes,the ones that don't are Ramapo's



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Posted July 27 2009 - 2:02 PM

Early Blight:







Late Blight:







Tomato Spot:




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Posted July 27 2009 - 2:08 PM

Will it spread to the other plants? I have 4 that have that on them and i have been clipping off those stems and leaves.I have 12 plants 6 in 1 spot that have nothing on them and are looking great and 6 in another spot w/4 that have the blight.I did'nt get any of my plants from Big Box places all from a local grower.The ones that have it are all plum/roma tomatoes,the ones that don't are Ramapo's



Yes, it can spread.....with early blight or leaf spot, best is to only handle the plants that already have it while trying to control it (clipping off leaves, etc.) and then before touching the unaffected plants, wash your hands and tools in bleach or milk. Also, be sure to remove the affected leaves far away from the garden area, as it will get into the soil.



Late blight, the plant most likely will be lost, and again, be careful handling it and dispose of it somewhere away from the garden (and NOT in the compsot for any of these).



It is funny that the Ramapo doesn't have it, as it is one of the varities most prone to it, and in fact, the one of two plants of Ramapo that I have are suffering from it the worst.


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Posted July 27 2009 - 2:10 PM

I'm trying to save one of my cherry tomatoe plants right now that it has started to take over! I dont know if its better to just rip it out or try to save it. Are the green tomatoes that are on it ok to eat if washed? It looks like blight, but it also has black dots on the stems, not sure if this is blight also... This sucks!



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Posted July 27 2009 - 2:13 PM

Thanks Steve...it looks like the Tomato spot not either one of the blights,its all on the lower portion of the plants.All of the tomatoes are in 2 separate groups and away from each other in the garden.I'll keep doin what i'm doin and use the spray mixture and hope for the best.



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Posted July 27 2009 - 2:14 PM

Well mine are early blight and some have tomato spots. Are they both treatable with the spray?. I'll take some photo's later. Also this is only affection my Roma/plum to.



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Posted July 27 2009 - 2:19 PM

Well mine are early blight and some have tomato spots. Are they both treatable with the spray?. I'll take some photo's later. Also this is only affection my Roma/plum to.



Yes, the spray will be equally effective on both types of disease.



Another somewhat organic spray is garden copper dust. It can easily be found at most garden centers or even the hardware store. Just follow the directions on the can.


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Posted July 27 2009 - 2:21 PM

Thanks for the Info Steve, should this be applied everyday?



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Posted July 27 2009 - 2:32 PM

Thanks for the Info Steve, should this be applied everyday?



About once a week, or more often if it rains soon after you spray, as the rain will wash it away......and this year, spraying ANYTHING has been a challenge, as it seems to rain almost every other day, which causes a lot of the problem in the first place......


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Posted July 27 2009 - 2:38 PM

Home Depot has a Copper Soap spray from Ortha called EconSense Garden Disease Control Spray. I applied it 1 week ago and i know its all gone now from teh rain, but he's my warning. It costs about $4.50 for a small bottle and I only have maybe 10 tomato plants and its used up pretty much the whole bottle, so it looks like it would cost roughly $4.50/week the way it keeps raining! Might try the milk and baking soda recipe...