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Fungus on tomato plant? - Help please
« on: May 17, 2011, 11:39:25 AM »
Good morning all

For the past few days my tomato plant has not been looking good.  There seems to be a fungus growing on the leaves.

Does anyone know what this is, what causes it and how I can prevent it?

See the white marks on the leaves.




Any help would be most appreciated.

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Re: Fungus on tomato plant? - Help please
« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2011, 14:08:22 PM »
Google you beauty!  Found the answer to my problems.

http://gardening.about.com/od/gardenproblems/a/PowderyMildew.htm

Seems I have A) too many plants in the same pot and B) the sprinkler system could be causing this.

Oh well, seems the complex will receive the other tomato plants, unless some one in Cape Town wants them?

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Re: Fungus on tomato plant? - Help please
« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2011, 18:30:30 PM »
Lindy, I can highly recommend planting a basil plant in the pot with the tomato. They love to grow together, and you can train the tomato up the basil for support.

Good google skills BTW :mmm:


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Re: Fungus on tomato plant? - Help please
« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2011, 23:06:09 PM »
Wow !
You must have big Basil or small tomato plants there to use Basil for support ???

I have to use 1800 mm stakes for my tomatoes.

Beside being unable to see the pictures, am I missing out on something  ???
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« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2011, 08:04:14 AM »
Thanks Michael :)  I'll do a repot on Saturday.  I have a basil plant, but it's still small.  They should grow nicely together.

@Abby, it is still a fairly small tomato plant.  I have to get stakes for my tomato plant.  I was using the wall for support before I realised how quickly it was going to grow.

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Re: Fungus on tomato plant? - Help please
« Reply #5 on: May 19, 2011, 10:29:20 AM »
Big basil! Lindy's Toms are in a pot Abby, 25cm?


The king of support plants for tomatoes here is amaranthus though.

Does anyone have interesting amaranth seed? Especially seed bearing types like quinoa or buckwheat?

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« Reply #6 on: May 19, 2011, 12:59:29 PM »
LOL I forgot not to say "Mich.ael"

Yes, I would say it's between 25 -35cm at the moment.  I'll take a photo of the entire plant.  I know I should do something with the bottom branches, but I'm not sure what.  Tie them up?  Cut them off? 

What is amaranthus?  Maybe I can get some from the nursery.

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« Reply #7 on: May 19, 2011, 15:38:16 PM »
I can see the pix now and the powdery mildew on the toms. I usually remove the affected leaves and spray weekly with milk and water (10% solution)

Is it not too late in the season to be planting tomatoes ?
Only cherry tomatoes for us now if the winter does not get too cold and even then they are very slow in ripening.

Big basil! Lindy's Toms are in a pot Abby, 25cm?

Thanks Mikey for helping me see the picture  ;) You are a none  ;D

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Re: Fungus on tomato plant? - Help please
« Reply #8 on: May 20, 2011, 07:45:13 AM »
Oooh thank you for that awesome tip abby!  Milk and water... I'll make a solution tonight :)

I bought these tomato plants a few months back (maybe 2 months ago) but this plant just wasn't growing.  Then a few weeks back it started growing and grew quite well.  Now I've got 2 tomatoes and more flowers.


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« Reply #9 on: May 20, 2011, 23:32:08 PM »
Hope they ripen off for you before it gets too cold - I cover my toms up overnight if they are running late and the winter weather starts to bite.
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« Reply #10 on: May 21, 2011, 19:07:16 PM »
Thanks Abby :)  I'll be getting a frost blanket (or use some netting) for my herbs and tomatoes, otherwise if it gets too cold I'll bring them in and put them under the lights.

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Re: Fungus on tomato plant? - Help please
« Reply #11 on: June 14, 2011, 15:57:33 PM »
Before we had all those heavy rains here in Cape Town, I brought all my herbs and veggies indoors and put them in the fish tank under the lights.

I cannot believe how much the thyme has grown... I actually think it's growing too quickly and as such it looks spindly.  Should probably shorten the lighting period.

Anyhoo, the tomato plant has been flowering non-stop and the powder mildew went away for a while... and came back :(

The good news is that my first tomato is ripening :D 
So ja, I think I shall save the tomatoes' seeds for when we move and I'll start over with this plant.  I know what it needs, but I'm not able to give it what it needs just now :(  There's no airflow in the tank and it's a mission to water the plants in there.  Seriously can't wait to move and give my planties the proper care they deserve.



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Re: Fungus on tomato plant? - Help please
« Reply #12 on: June 15, 2011, 08:09:36 AM »
 :woohoo: Lindy
Love your Tom  :good:

Unfortunately the milk solution washes of and has to be reapplied weekly especially if watered from above either by you or from the rain.

Once the toms get a bit of colour you should be able to ripen them off on the window sill.
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« Reply #13 on: June 15, 2011, 11:52:14 AM »
Thanks Abby :)

I'll apply some more tomorrow.  I've been refraining from watering the leaves and only water at the base of the plant.  It's mostly all the new leaves and leaves of my seedlings that have got powder mildew on them. 

This morning the tomato was mostly orange, so I'll remove it when I get home.  I see the one next to it has started ripening too  :woohoo:

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« Reply #14 on: June 15, 2011, 14:36:55 PM »
Lindy  :)

I've picked the last of my toms as the weather is far to inclement and the bush just did not survive. I will be only be doing cherry toms from now until spring.

Here is my toms on the window sill nice and ripe just how I like them

http://www.gardenerforum.co.za/index.php?topic=4776.0

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