Posts Tagged ‘tomato’

Tomato – Cracking Fruit

Q: I have a cherry tomatoes plant that about 80% of the fruit has cracks. Anything I can do ? A: Fruit cracking is usually caused by hot dry weather followed by heavy rain or irrigation. The skin gets hard...

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Tomato – Fruitworm

Q: I have several of these on my tomato plants and have no idea what they are. They don’t look like cutworms and they only seem to be eating the leaves. Can you help? A: You have a tomato fruitworm....

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Tomato – Supporting Vine from Horizontal Pipe

Q: I have a tomato growing technique that is truly amazing. It’s the same way commercial tomatoes are grown in greenhouses but I bury my vines. They have re-rooted up to 6 feet away from where I originally planted them,...

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Tomato – “Horns” and “Nose”

Over the years I have received several pictures of oddly-shaped tomatoes. They had “horns” and I couldn’t figure out why. Now Dr. Joe Kemble at Auburn University has finally laid it out for me: It is a physiological/genetic disorder. With...

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Tomato – Late Blight Identification

Q: My Rutgers tomatoes are showing brown spots starting at the stem end, rapidly coalescing and moving downward towards the blossom end of the tomato. They are all green tomatoes which are not starting to ripen yet. Is this late...

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Potato Bugs – On Tomato

Q: I am finding these beetles on my tomato plants in Polk County. The leave behind an orange residue when handled. They appear to be eating the leaf edges. What are they? A: You have Colorado potato beetles, also known...

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Tomato – Herbicide Damage

Q: I planted tomatoes in a raised garden. I have dried grass clippings on top of the black biodegradable weed guard that covers the soil. I am using a 5 gallon bucket attached to a soaker hose for irrigation and...

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Tomato – Misshapen Bloom (Fused Flower, Megabloom)

Q: These are on a tomato plant grown by my neighbor from purchased seed. What would you say we have? A: A bit of Google work and it’s all there. The phenomenon is called fused blossoms (or megabloom) and it...

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Tomato – Rescuing Very Old Seed

Q: In cleaning out my mothers property after her death, I found a container of seeds that were my father’s favorite tomato plant.  He died in 1996; the container is dated June of 1993.  It would be a nice connection to be...

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Tomato – Grafting

Q: What do you know about grafting tomatoes? I hear you can graft an heirloom variety to a disease-resistant modern variety and get good results. A: You are exactly correct on the good results from grafting. The process has been...

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Leaf-footed Bugs – On Tomato

Q: Our tomato plants and garden are infested with stink bugs and leaf-footed bugs. Is there an organic pesticide, safe for the environment and pets, that we can use to eliminate these insects? They are ruining our garden. A: Both...

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Tomato – Two Toned

Q: I noticed last week that one of my few tomatoes growing on my tomato plant in a pot was two-toned.  I’ve never seen one of these before. A: Very odd! My guess is that incomplete pollination caused it. Tomatoes...

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Squirrel – Hiding Tomato in Tree

Q: We have a hawks nest nearby our garden and realized that it was the hawks that were stealing our tomatoes in addition to the deer!  The tree is about 40’ tall . A: Since hawks eat live animals almost...

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Better Boy Tomato – Defined

Q: What is the difference between a Better Boy tomato plant and a Hybrid Better Boy? A: By definition, they are the same plant. According to Gerald Klingaman, retired Extension Horticulturist in Arkansas, ‘Better Boy’ was hybridized in 1942 by...

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Pollination – In Your Garden

One of the most delightfully informative garden books I’ve ever read is “Sex in Your Garden” by Angela Overy . Ms. Overy (yup, that’s her real name!) describes how plants use false advertisements, bribes, perfume and sometimes pseudo-copulation to accomplish...

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Oddly Shaped Vegetables

Hometown newspapers once featured large or oddly shaped vegetables every summer. From my own childhood, I remember a squash shaped like a duck and a tomato that resembled Richard Nixon. Do you have vegetables that veer into weird shapes? Check...

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Tomato – Leaf Roll

Q: I planted a tomato six weeks ago and just recently the leaves have started to curl from side to side. Any idea what causes this? It seems to be doing well otherwise in its bushel basket filled with potting...

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Tomato – Pollination

Q: 1. My tomato flowers fall off before making a tomato. What causes this? 2. My tomato is extremely odd looking…like a green fist is inside it. Why? A: Both of these problems are caused by lack of pollination. A...

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