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Unread 05-02-2009, 01:44 PM   #1
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I'm growing several tomato plants right now and they all have issues with leaf mold on them. How do I get rid of it without killing my tomatoes? Is there even anything I can do? I try not to get the leaves wet when I water them, but I'm wondering the unusually wet/cloudy weather we've had has something to do with it? Also, I water them in the morning so that any water has time to evaporate off of the leaves if they get wet. I started to clip all of the leaves off the plants, but I'm afraid that will kill the production of the plants or kill the plant itself.

Should I scrap them all and start over again with new plants from the store? I don't want to start them again from seed--that would take too long and I'm dying for some good homegrown tomatoes!
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Unread 05-03-2009, 04:49 PM   #2
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I looked at my bell pepper plant today and it had a little bit of the leaf mold on it, too. I think it's because it sits right next to the tomatoes and some of the mold spores managed to spread to the pepper plant. I clipped off most of the leaves of the tomato plant yesterday, and today they don't seem hurt by it. But still, I'm a little nervous. I really hope they survive and don't die on me.
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Unread 05-04-2009, 12:31 AM   #3
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Have you tried that topsy turvy thing?

Growing organic is tough these days.
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I remember reading about mixing something and water. Was it windex? Not sure.
http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/j...TRY=1&SRETRY=0

P.S. I remember. It wasn't a solution for mold, but for white flies. I think it was dishwashing soap and water.

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Windex??? I've never heard of using Windex on a vegetable garden before....interesting.
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yeah... uh
I may have been drinking when I posted that
although alchohol may kill mold, I don't think its a recommended use of windex

jus sayin
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Well, I tried to look for solutions online, but I was a little confused on their descriptions of what leaf mold looks like. I finally asked a gardner who was bringing in plants to a local store and he said that it sounded more powder mold and suggested something called Neem Oil to get rid of it.

Fred--are you familiar with this product?
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Did some reading on it. It seems like a good product. I await Fred's answer.
I'm currently reviving a dying tomato plant myself. (cherry tomato). I'm saving one of the fruit for the seeds for my next crop. My tomato plant is having an aphid problem too. The aphids were caught from one of my other plants (citrus; it's either a lime or a grapefruit plant. I'm unsure which.).

From my experience, most plants don't really need all that leaves. I've been pruning my leaves to help the plant use it's food more efficiently... tis what I do because my plants are potted plants. It's more difficult to grow vegetables in pots. I wish I had a small plot of land to till for my veggies.
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Unread 05-10-2009, 10:27 AM   #10
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hmmmmm - I'm late

pics would be most helpful

and consider it may not be a fungus but something called tomatoe spotted wilt virus - it does affect peppers as well and the cure is to get ride of all the plants that are infected - like off the property - far far away. It's usually transmitted by biting insects (we have a few of them on HT) and there is no cure.

post up some pics and lets go from there.

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i'll try to get the pics up in the next couple of days. I clipped off so much of the leaves that most all of the affected ones gone and so far the plants are doing ok. I did go out and look at them again today when I watered them this morning and a few leaves have some gray fuzzy things growing on them again, so I presume it will start again <groan>. I tried to take some pics, but they weren't coming out very good, so I'll wait until Hubby gets home from work tomorrow (if there's daylight left) and see if he can take some better ones with his camera.

BTW, the bell pepper plant looks ok now. No gray stuff on the leaves and the peppers are growing like crazy!
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if it's white stuff on the leaves, it might be powdery mildew. there are some homemade things you can make. i never tried them, but baking soda sprayed on the leaves is supposed to change the leaf's chemistry and make it uninhabitable for the mildew to be on. sulfur is also supposed to be an ingredient in some commercial products, and i think you can boil garlic and use that. again, i never tried doing this, but that's what's online. look up powdery mildew and you'll see if that's what you're dealing with.
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