Most Tomato Problems Can Be Avoided Before They Begin
Determining what causes a particular problem is an integral part of growing tomatoes.
In a perfect world, a gardener would stick a plant in the ground, water it once in a while, wait for tomatoes to pop out and start eating them.
For many gardeners that is the process. Others aren't as fortunate.
Tomato problems are the result of one or more causes. Tomato gardeners need to educate themselves regarding various conditions that signal problems.
Many problems are caused by the gardener or Mother Nature, making it unneccesary to worry about identifying garden pests.
The Best Tomatoes Growing Tips page contains ideas that help stop problems before they begin.
Many problems can be eliminated using proper location, plant selection, and planting methods that help prevent a large number of potential threats. Once the garden is designed with preventative safeguards, there is one thing left to deal with, human error.
The garden is off to a great start with beautiful healthy foilage, flowers and little tomatoes everywhere. Prevention planning is paying off.
Then one day, there they were, tearing into the tomato plants. Aphids! A common knee jerk reaction is to grab some chemical based dust or spray and show the little intruders who's boss.
Within a week, guess who's back? Usually with a vengance. So, the dance continues, spray chemicals, everything dies and the aphids come back.
This cycle goes on until the real victim, the plants, finally can't handle it anymore and contract some other ailment or just die a slow death.
This is just one of many scenarios where a gardener can trigger a nasty chain reaction.
Gardeners can prevent problems from happening as well. Education can provide safe alternatives for solutions. The natural cure? Planting the right companion plants or adding a couple of handfuls of ladybugs or wasps! See why in
Ladybugs and other beneficials
Obviously weather changes are not controllable. However, knowing when to let nature take it's course is very important.
Prepare the garden in advance for possible weather changes common to the region. Prevention methods can protect the garden from various weather problems.
Sometimes, just let the chips fall where they may. The Beefmaster Project is a great example of the good and bad when dealing with weather.
When winter planting started, South Florida was in the second stage of a water restrictions due to drought. Prevention included researching the right tomato varieties and growing style for drought conditions with limited watering.
The results were incredible for those or any conditions. Five months of abundant fruit production, then the weather changed and things got worst.
The sixth month brought hot and humid 90+ degree weather. The plants were starting to lose the battle. The one thing the plants needed most, came and was the kiss of death.
Rain in the form of intermitent torential downpours followed by blasts of overwhelming humidity. Molds and critters of all nature started to take over.
There was no natural way to battle this. Organic non-toxic sprays contained some of the problems. Then, more rain even heavier this time. For those who haven't seen the results of drought followed by massive rains it's amazing.
The last of the beautiful tomatoes were exploding on the vine! The tomatoes were cracking heavily in the yellow/orange phase of ripening.
Picking the early cracking tomatoes to ripen indoors didn't help, the cracks would ooze excess water and rot where they lay. Rotten tomatoes!
Mother Nature made it clear who was boss. The motto: "Do the best you can and enjoy the run!" These examples of Tomato Problems are not meant to disturb. Simply be aware, do the research and find natural solutions whenever possible.
Various government agencies provide volumes of information regarding these matters.
Finding information about tomato problems can be easy on the internet.
Pinpointing the actual problem may be a bit more difficult.
Knowing where to search is the key. Look for solutions unique to the region of the country.
The best way is to go to the State or State Extension Service's agriculture Web Site.
While some disease and insect tomato problems are regional, many are nationwide in varying degrees.
Included are a few Agricultural links that are useful.
Remember, you and your loved ones are going to be eating the end result.
Here are a few favorite sites. Some were picked for the pretty pictures.
Not really, reading a description and thinking it seems like the problem is a lot different than looking at quality photos of typical problems and comparing them to the actual tomato problems.
Tomato Problems, pests and diseases
Whenever I get into that "why me" mode, I go to my favorite Web Page and realize the same problems have been going on for years.
This example dates back to 1918 and you'll see how one of the greatest gardners of our time dealt with tomato problems without technology and the internet.