Even the most diligent gardener can’t control tomato problems in the garden! While healthy tomato plants don’t always start, stay, or end that way, problems needn’t be a death sentence for plants. Most can be halted or reversed.
There are 3 sources of tomato problems:
How to identify tomato problems
Healthy tomato plants have:
green and evenly-colored leaves
strong, green stems
firm fruit with a smooth color
If you check plants each day, you’ll discover and identify problems at their onset. Then you treat them quickly and successfully. You simply need to know what to look for.
Use this checklist to monitor problems on three tomato parts: leaves, stems, and fruit.
Take steps before, during, and after the growing season to prevent problems from creeping into your tomato crop.
Before the season
Rotate your tomato crop from year to year. Many fungi over-winter in the soil. You can prevent infection in a new season by planting tomatoes in a different place than in the previous year.
Choose disease-resistant tomato varieties. A variety may have been bred to be resistant to one or more diseases. Look for tomato disease-resistant codes on seed or seedling packets, specified by capital letters: