Tomato pest identification and management
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Fungal and bacterial diseases
- Plant tomatoes where no tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, or eggplants have been for the past 3-4 years.
- Keep tomato leaves as dry as possible.
- Use drip irrigation or soaker hose.
- Water in the morning so leaves dry quickly in the sun.
- Stake or cage plants.
- Space plants so that air flows between plants.
- Mulch all exposed soil with plastic or organic mulch.
- Scout Tomato Plants Once a Week.
- Look at lower leaves for leaf spots.
- Remove leaves infected leaves and rotten fruit from the garden.
- Remove or bury tomato plants at the seasons end.
Blossom end rot
- Irrigate to maintain even soil moisture
- Mulch the soil to maintain soil moisture
- Do not over apply fertilizer, especially Nitrogen
- Avoid wounding roots, do not dig or cultivate for weeds close to the plant.
- Remove and destroy infected plant
- Remove weeds in the field
- Clean tools and workers hands after touching infected plants
- Remove weeds and plant residue
- Till garden before planting
- Place cardboard collars or aluminum foil around plant stems when planting transplants.
- Plant as late as possible
- Use a fine meshed fabric to cover tomatoes (remove when tomatoes are flowering)
- Plant a trap crop, like radish, before tomatoes
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