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Tomato Plants

02 September 2017 19:59:16
Tomato Leaves

Tomato Leaves

For years, I haave had no trouble with the foliage of the tomato plants. This year is different. Quite a number of leaves are withered. During the three weeks I was away, hospital and nursing home, the man who looked after the greenhouse did a very good job. He cannot be blamed. Is it a fungus desease or something else? I was talking to my sister on the phone . She lives in Castlebar and she tells me she has a similar problem. To day, the sun was shining and one would like to be outside. I entered the greenhouse and with the secateurs removed as much of the leaves which were affected. As I left the greenhouse, the plants looked very good. The amount of deseased or burnt leaves seemed minimal.

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Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 02 September 2017 22:06:45

I see that you have bubble wrap on your glasshouse and I think that can cause fungal problems. I live near the river and the air is always moist, so I don't use it. That is a pity as you always have plenty of tomatoes and always early. The excitement is building for you know what tomorrow. I am sure you will be watching, enjoy. I was at a charity event last Saturday evening in Mount Congreve and a pair of tickets were auctioned for €1,200.

Dick Dick 02 September 2017 23:57:50

Thanks Mary. While I have been using the bubble wrap for years, this is the first time I had the problem. I would say that while I was recouperating, the man who looked after the greenhouse tended to leave the vent open. I will be shouting for Waterford to morrow. True I spent more time in Galway before and after the Decies but it is so long since Waterford won the Liam McCarthy 1959, the year I began work. i fancied Galway to win the title early in the year but if Waterford can play like they did against the rebels, they should do it this year. 

Scrubber Scrubber 03 September 2017 13:16:05

Atta boy Dick! I always knew your heart was in the right place! Sorry to hear about your tomatoes. My friend who grows a lot and gives me lots hadnt any problems this year.

PCON PCON 03 September 2017 14:03:59

Hi Dick, I am sure you know as well as I do, that potato blight affects tomatoes as well as potatoes. That looks very suspicious. If you know anybody who grows potatoes, ask them to confirm or deny it. I hope it will be the latter. Anyway, since your tomatoes are so early, I expect they are about finished by now, but you will have to watch out next year, if you are going to grow them again. Mary's comment is relevant. Bubble wrap is better removed in Spring. I don't use it at all.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 03 September 2017 14:12:35

I think the whole country (except for Galway) are cheering for Waterford!

Dick Dick 03 September 2017 20:00:02

Thank you all. There is no doubt bot potato and tomato are similar, Solanum. How different they are in a few ways. One is an annual ie Tomato the other is a perennial. The fruits of the tomato is edible while that of the potato is poisonous. I haven't grown potatoes for years as the stalks tended to wither around July and Gerry tells me that it is probably eelworm, and not to grow same for four years. I don't know of anybody around who grows potatoes and the odd thing is that my sister Nora in Castlebar had the same problem this year. I had been using bubble wrap for years, without any problem. Martin B suggested the idea to me to save energy when I use an electric heater.I know that You Hazel have used same and you were so kind to send me some clips for same. Perhaps Gerry may have an idea about it.

Dick Dick 23 September 2017 21:11:40

I removed the tomato plants to day, very little fruit. So tomatoes out, bananas in soon.


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