Advanced search

What does it mean if my tomato plants start to blacken?

(22 Posts)
TooTicky Tue 24-Jul-07 14:21:21


OrmIrian Tue 24-Jul-07 14:33:24

I would think some kind of blight. Or botritis (sp). If the latter I don't think there is much you can do. I think that too much water might cause it which could possibly be the case this summer....

Alternatively they could be on fire.

TooTicky Tue 24-Jul-07 14:36:18

Well, no fire but have had a bit of rain. Wondered if it might be that. Hope it's nothing worse!

HarryShagsAFish Tue 24-Jul-07 14:36:36

.that youa re cursed and a rvaen wil cut out your gullet

TooTicky Tue 24-Jul-07 20:19:58

Lucycat Tue 24-Jul-07 20:23:27

the plants or your tomoatoes?

If it's the fruit then it's blossom end rot caused by sporadic watering - you can eat them though no worries.

If it's the plant them erm......dunno, are the leaves going yellow?

TooTicky Tue 24-Jul-07 20:26:19

It's the plants themselves, the lower regions. They haven't fruited yet.

iota Tue 24-Jul-07 20:28:29

tomato blight?

TooTicky Tue 24-Jul-07 20:29:31

Oh dear. Maybe.

iota Tue 24-Jul-07 20:30:57

advice from RHS

hmmm warm wet conditions - sound familiar??

DumbledoresGirl Tue 24-Jul-07 20:31:04

TooTicky, all of mine have withered and gone yellow. It is the crap weather we are having. Tomato plants have not done this to me before. I have written off about 35 plants this year

TooTicky Tue 24-Jul-07 20:35:41

Oh bugger. Thanks.

iota Tue 24-Jul-07 20:36:23

my toms are small and green - I might be making green tomato chutney this year

DumbledoresGirl Tue 24-Jul-07 20:37:09

At the moment I only have about 4 and they are the size of peas.

iota Tue 24-Jul-07 20:38:28

mine are the size of grapes

TooTicky Tue 24-Jul-07 20:39:30

I have kept 2 plants in the greenhouse, they are okay and have tiny toms.

iota Tue 24-Jul-07 20:41:14

I have some rather lovely cucumbers in my conservatory, but the outdoor ones are very sad looking - they are next to my tomatoes

TooTicky Tue 24-Jul-07 20:46:21

My cucumber plants are looking a bit

iota Tue 24-Jul-07 20:50:09

it's been a terrible year for outdoor gardening

DumbledoresGirl Tue 24-Jul-07 20:52:46

Oh I don't know about that. We had some sunshine today and I went outside to see what I could do and discovered the garden had been completely taken over by weeds. So some plants like this weather.

TooTicky Tue 24-Jul-07 22:42:36

My peas and beans are looking fabulous. Pulled most of my onions today before the damp got to them - they're a good size. Carrots seem okay, ditto swedes.

catsmother Sat 28-Jul-07 15:18:24

I've just binned my Roma plants because they had suspected tomato blight (which has just now been confirmed by Iota's link). Am so depressed about it ..... grew them from seed since March, and they looked great until a few days ago.

I've still got lots of tumbling toms with lots of green fruits .... am just hoping they don't succumb. Have read that cherry varieties are usually less likely to.

But hey, at least you've got peas ..... I had to get rid of all of mine because although they looked wonderful, when I opened them, I found pea moth larvae inside. Most of my dwarf beans were also eaten, well, their leaves were before they ever had a chance to grow an actual bean. Suspect slugs.

Not a great start to my first ever attempt at veggie growing (in large containers on my patio). The only things proving successful are chilis (and I have doubts about the fruits maturing if we don't get more sun), spring onion, beetroots and maybe these tumbling toms.

Join the discussion

Registering is free, easy, and means you can join in the discussion, watch threads, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Register now »

Already registered? Log in with: