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July 19, 2010

Tomato Blight, Again

Our plum tomato plant has the same blight that the tomato plants has last year. I'm so mad I could spit (not really). But, when we bought our plants this year, we were very aware to buy local plants, supposedly the plants last year were not local. I have nursed this plant long enough. It gets these great looking RED tomatos, but don't look at the bottoms!! They are rotten and mushy, not very attractive. So, hello trash can for you tomato plant. A pepper plant might meet you there if it doesn't fly right!! Is anyone else having problems?


  1. Hi Ginny,

    We are having the problem again in western PA. One of the extension educators I volunteer with was up at Cornell U. at a conference two weeks ago and they are thinking that tomato blight has found a way to morph into something that can winter over in the north. It has only wintered over if potato tubers were left in the ground. May not be good news!

  2. We only had one tomato so far from our plants...(late getting planted)! Nut no blight! Last year a customer gave me an Heirloom tomato plant and it did NOT get the blight (says something for the old stuff huh!!) It reseeded itself and is HUGE..I will have to take a picture - Tony has pinched it back cause it was growing so big - lots of tomatoes on the vines but nothing turning red yet! I have two others planted at the store and two at home (I love homegrown tomatoes - especially Fried Green Tomatoes!!! Wishing you better luck Ginny...hey maybe I will have some to share with you if you visit!!!

  3. Thanks Girls for your imput. We are picking tomatos from our Early Girl plant, a little on the small side but we got two so far, waiting for the third and then its BLT Time!! Still planning on seeing you on Saturday Judy, I'm looking for bargins!! Aren't we all. LOL

  4. Hi Ginny. I met you today in Judy's store. I found treasures at the yard sale, too! Do you think you might have blossom end rot rather than the blight? Symptoms are blackened bottoms to otherwise fine looking tomatoes. Weather can sometimes cause this problem but more often than not it's caused by a lack of calcium in the soil. A home garden remedy is to add crushed eggshells to the planting hole when transplanting the plants. I collect eggshells all year long and keep them in the freezer for spring planting; but then I plant alot of tomatoes and therefore need lots of shells.

  5. ...my healthy tomato plants are getting soft mushy tomatoes and leafy stems are turning yellow/brown and dying; I am so saddened, only one row still has big green tomatoes, hoping they survive. I will try the eggshells next year, thanks and good luck to all:)
    Gail who also had that same mystery plant??