By Kathy Widenhouse, award-winning writer and owner of Tomato Dirt, a leading online source of for growing tomatoes in the home garden.
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.
Alternia stem canker
Tomato spotted wilt virus
Cucumber mosaic virus
Curly top virus
Potato leaf roll
Tobacco mosaic virus
Is there a problem on your tomato stems? Explain what the problem looks like. Share what tomato variety you’re growing and when you first noticed the problem. While you’re at it, describe your growing conditions, the weather, and how much water your plants have had. Any details you can share will help us help you!
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Stalks are brown and leaves turn brown and dry up
These tomatoes are grown in a greenhouse at 6400' in Juniper Pinon country in northern AZ. Daytime temperatures get into the mid-90s. There is a misting …
Stem has gone brown halfway up
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 …
White root-looking growths on the stems of my tomato plants
Q. I live in Maryland. We have had a lot of rain in the past week. I have 2 different type tomatoes planted in containers on my deck: "Beefsteak" and "Early …
Tomato plants have curled leaves and bumps on stems
Q. Can you tell me what to do to remedy my tomato plant's curling leaves and white bumps on its stem? It has been very hot and dry here and this plant …
What In The World Is On My Tomato Stems?
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 …
Tomato stems/branches literally shredding and falling apart
One by one my tomato plants are falling victim to something that seems to be attacking the stems of the plants. I can see shreddings around the base of …
Tomato stems, leaves, tops of fruit are going black Not rated yet
Q. About 2 weeks ago, my tomato plants' stems and leaves started turning black. The fruit themselves is also turning black -- not the bottoms, but the …
Brown spot around cut leaflet scar near soil on stem Not rated yet
Q. I thought I was preventing disease by cutting the low leaflets when the plant was small, but now that it is large (5 feet tall) I just noticed a dark …
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 …
Choosing the Ideal Tomato Plant for your Garden Not rated yet
If you're planning to build your own tomato garden, you better give a head start for your dream tomato garden by knowing how to plant them and choosing …
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 …
The leaves on my tomato plants are darkening and yellowing Not rated yet
Q. We leave in Norway and are having a bit of trouble with our Tiger tomato plants. They were grown from seeds and are currently outside on the patio (looking …
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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