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joy112854
Crestview, FL

April 23, 2009
12:38 PM

Post #6451473

What is on these toms leaves? Notice the blisters and the curling? These are different plants, and they were all treated with fertilome triple action plus for what I thought might be aphids? Was I wrong, I only treated 3 days ago for this; and the directions say every 7 days or 14 days, 7 if badly infested. So; it has rained twice since then. Suggestions anyone?



joy

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joy112854
Crestview, FL

April 23, 2009
12:40 PM

Post #6451478

Another one:

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joy112854
Crestview, FL

April 23, 2009
12:42 PM

Post #6451493

Another one, these are on many of the toms, in grow bags, HE buckets?





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joy112854
Crestview, FL

April 23, 2009
12:43 PM

Post #6451497

One last one:

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Ray_Der_Phan

Ray_Der_Phan
Oceanside, CA
(Zone 10a)

April 23, 2009
2:31 PM

Post #6451964

Hmmm, mine do that from time to time. But its usually the lowest branches and leaves. I just remove them. How is the new growth? Is it blistered and curling?

In the 2nd pick...what is that white residue on the underside? Do you have whiteflies? When I see leaf curling, the first thing that comes to mind is a sucking bug(aphids, whiteflies, scale bugs, etc.). If no sign of those, then its usually a watering issue. You said it rained twice, did this happen about a day or 2 after the last rain? If so, they're probably just water logged and should be fine once they dry out a bit. The only other thing I could think is that the fertilome may have been too strong. What time of day did you spray the plants?
joy112854
Crestview, FL

April 23, 2009
5:29 PM

Post #6452665

Ray: Those are the bottom leaves, and I suspected aphids, the fertilome action plus is an insecticide, miticide and fungicide with neem oil; do you think it is strong enough. My tom plants are pretty huge and some are finally getting yellow flowers on them. The thing is, this is not isolated to just one plant, there are at least 4 of them doing this, yes it has been raining a lot off and on and then its been hot. It says to treat with this mixture every 7 days; but, if it rains, doens't it get washed off?
joy

Ray_Der_Phan

Ray_Der_Phan
Oceanside, CA
(Zone 10a)

April 23, 2009
6:32 PM

Post #6452896

If it's only the bottom leaves and the new growth isn't curled or deformed, I wouldn't worry about it. I remove most of my bottom branches anyways once they get close to 3 ft. My guess is that the rain drenched the soil which makes the bottom leaves curl. If it stays over watered for too long the bottom leaves will turn yellow and die off. Let them dry out a bit but not to the point of drooping. I would also closely inspect the bottom of each leaf to identify the bugs and how many before spraying again.
joy112854
Crestview, FL

April 23, 2009
7:22 PM

Post #6453171

Ray: I couldn't see any bugs, and I had the magnifying glass with me last night, as I know that's when they come out. Maybe it is just what you said, I hope so.
joy

Ray_Der_Phan

Ray_Der_Phan
Oceanside, CA
(Zone 10a)

April 23, 2009
7:31 PM

Post #6453217

Aphids are at work during the day. At least out here they are.
angiegr
Quincy, FL
(Zone 8b)

April 29, 2009
7:51 PM

Post #6480759

i've read that when leaves to start to pucker on pepper plants, they need calcium...so this is probably related...
joy112854
Crestview, FL

April 30, 2009
3:56 AM

Post #6482715

Angie: I put dolomite lime and epsom salts into all my containers this year, including my 5 gallon grow bags. I do have a tendency to over water my plants though.
joy

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