Problems on Tomato Stems: How to Identify, Treat, and Prevent Them
Problems on tomato stems can mean the onset of a disease, an attack from a tomato pest, or conditions that can lead to trouble.
Healthy tomato stems are green, thick, and sturdy. Look for these red flags on your tomato stems to quickly identify problems.
Black, brown, or dark spots
Bumps on stems
Cankers, lesions on stems
Alternia stem canker
Tomato spotted wilt virus
Dark streaks on stems
Fusarium crown and root rot
Mushy stems, stem rot
Cucumber mosaic virus
Curly top virus
Potato leaf roll
Tobacco mosaic virus
Bacterial pith necrosis
Tomato spotted wilt virus
Steps to take to prevent problems on tomato stems
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- Plant healthy, disease-free plants.
- Stake plants to allow good air circulation to stems.
- Water at the base of plants. Overhead water spreads disease easily.
- Water in the morning or midday to minimize the amount of time leaves are wet.
- Monitor plants daily to check for pests.
- Avoid working on plants when leaves are wet.
- Remove and destroy affected plants at the end of the season.
- Solarize soil at the end of the season to destroy soil-borne fungi and bacteria.
- Rotate crops each year.
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Stem has gone brown halfway up Not rated yet
Q. My tomatoes are grown in a greenhouse along with pepper plants. The stems have gone completely brown about half way up the stem, with a brown patch …
Why are my tomato stems going black? Not rated yet
Q. Last year my tomatoes suddenly started to get black leaves. The black colour spread to the stems and finally, the green tomatoes started to turn a brown …
Spindly stems Not rated yet
Q. I have been growing tomatoes in the greenhouse for over 20 years and have never had the problem I have had this year. This year my plants are very spindly …
Roots on stems? Not rated yet
Q. I guess this is not really a problem but just curious. I have what looks like hundreds of tiny roots growing on some of the thicker stems of my tomato …
What In The World Is On My Tomato Stems? Not rated yet
Q. This plant is only a month old. It is Brandy Boy Hybrid. I got it from Burpee. It's growing fast and has lots of flowers on it. But now it's got …
Bumps on tomato plant stem Not rated yet
I have a hanging tomato plant had it for years and I love it. My problem is that this year I have hundreds of small bumps all over the stem and branches …
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