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[Tomato Dirt #181] My Tomato Plants Have Yellow Leaves. What Do I Do?
July 18, 2019

Tomato Dirt Newsletter
Volume 9, Number 15

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FEATURE: My Tomato Plants Have Yellow Leaves. What Do I Do?

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Yellow tomato leaves are a symptom associated with several tomato problems. But yellowed leaves rarely appear alone. Usually, your tomatoes give you another clue to diagnose the problem. Study your plants carefully. Use this checklist to help figure out which situation fits your tomato plant.
Over-watering or under-watering. If your season has been especially wet and cool, your tomatoes may be "drowning." Water can clog air pockets in the soil and prevent plants from getting needed air, choking off leaves. Then they yellow. On the other hand, if you're in a heat wave with excessive temperatures, your plants could be over- stressed and under-watered, which could cause them to drop leaves. Make sure plants are getting 1-3 inches of water a week - on the high end of that if it's hot and on the low end if it's cool.
Early blight or Septoria leaf spot. Yellowing leaves are a symptom for both diseases. To tell the difference, check to see if there are spots on the leaves. Early blight exhibits dark concentric circles on leaves and stems. Septoria leaf spot presents small dark spots on the lower leaves. Read more about different kinds of tomato blight and how to tell them apart.
Tomato wilts. Fusarium wilt and verticillium wilt also exhibit yellowed leaves. Fusarium often just affects one side of the plant. Verticillium encircles the plant, but the yellowed pattern on leaves is V-shaped.
Curly top virus. Infected plants turn yellow and stop growing.
Pests. Aphids, whiteflies, flea beetles, tomato hornworm and tobacco hornworm, and psyllids attack tomato plants and leave holes, dew, or chewing injuries to plants -- in addition to yellowed leaves. Check undersides of leaves and along stems for pests!

Many tomato problems on leaves are treatable once you identify the source. Use this list of problems on tomato leaves to help you identify your problem specifically.

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Get in Front of Problems on Tomato Leaves

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More Help for Problems on Tomato Leaves

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That’s it for now. More next time.

Until then, happy gardening!

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