Edible red fruit, cultivar of *Solanum lycopersicum*

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Why are some leaves on my tomato seedlings turning dark and falling off?

I am trying my hand at balcony tomatoes and sowed some in mid March. I already transplanted them once from the seed nursery to small drinking cups of about 200ml. Since they were bending too much ...
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Is this the tomato potato psyllid?

I noticed these sugary white granules on my tomato leaves a couple of months ago, and saw some insects which I thought were aphids but didn't look closely. Now it looks as though my potatoes are ...
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Are these spider mites on my potato vine?

Are these spider mites? Will they migrate to my tomato plants? Click on the picture to get a closer view.
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What do purple tomato leaves mean?

Sometimes the leaves of the tomato seedlings we grow in pots gain a purplish shade on the bottom; the plants themselves (don't know if this is a coincidence) also seem to turn out stockier, shorter, ...
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When is a good time to thin your seedlings?

First year in a long time starting tomatoes from seed. They're doing very well. When do most people decide to cut down the ones you don't want to continue growing? I know it's a little early at this ...
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Should I remove tomato plant leaves to Increase yield?

Many garden websites recommended that you remove 50% of the tomato plant (Cordon Variety) leaves in order to increase the yield. It's my first time growing tomatoes, and I am growing Sweet Million, ...
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Early action needed for whiteflies and aphids?

While pruning my tomato plants last night, I came across some early signs of whiteflies. I saw just a few mature whiteflies crawling around; I hate them. I have battled them off and on through the ...
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Is this powdery mildew on my tomato?

Just noticed this on my store bought plant (not grown from seed). It's now fruiting, and I don't see any white spots on the leaves. Update: 25 Feb 2016 with close up of the stems and an more ...
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Should I Prune Determinate Tomato Plants?

If determinate tomato plants are leggy, should they be pruned or not? Is it ever too late to pulled and planted deeper?
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Which tomatoes grow the best in high temperatures?

Which tomato varieties have the most heat tolerance? I live in a dry area (technically considered desert, but you might not think that) where the daytime highs are usually 89° F. or above in summer ...
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Do seeds from fresh tomatoes need to completely dry before they will sprout?

I have been growing cherry tomatoes for about four years now. My method is hardly scientific. I throw the bad fruit on the ground and let them germinate the next year. Last year I got some different ...
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Does seed from F1 hybrid tomato fruits grow?

Some time ago, I wanted to grow tomatoes by using the seeds from the tomato which I was eating at the moment. I did some research on the internet, but then discovered you could not grow tomatoes from ...
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What are some of the top producing tomato plants for use in sauces?

I'm getting ready to start some tomato plants. We do a lot of canning and want to get some highly productive plants for making sauces. We live in USDA zone 5. Looking for meaty tomatoes from plants ...
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Is sunlight from my window enough to grow cherry tomato seedlings indoors?

It is my first time planting anything from seeds, and certainly my first time with cherry tomatoes. I've watched many tutorials and read many articles, so I have a fair knowledge about the subject. ...
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Are CFL and Energy Saver bulbs same and used for growing plants?

Sorry for asking a really novice question but I have searched a lot and not found a yes no answer so I am still confused with this! I want to buy CFL bulbs to grow some tomato plants. I have seen ...
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How can I organically make the soil potassium rich?

I believed that my tomato plants suffer from potassium deficiency, and by searching it on google it states that I can easily fix it by putting potassium fertilizer in my soil. I am now thinking on ...
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What's causing discoloration and spots on my Tomato and Bell Pepper plants?

I had an issue with tomato hornworms. I sprayed my plants with a BT Dipel solution. A few days after I sprayed them, I noticed a change in the plants. I did some research and found that it could be ...
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When should I transplant tomato seedlings to a home-made upside down planter?

I have cherry tomatoes seedlings that have started to pop up. when should I put them in my upside down home-made planter? Does the stalk have to be a certain thickness? Is there any info on when we ...
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How can I grow tomatoes in a pot?

Is it possible to grow tomatoes as a pot plant? In the limited space I have I can afford pot of maximum depth = 12 cm and diameter = 12 cm. what size pot will be ideal to start with? In India what ...
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Why are my tomato plant seedlings dying?

Some of my tomato plants are dying for no reason. I just transplanted a few seedlings in the pot and after 3-4 days, a few are dead and some are doing well. Is this some kind of transplant shock? This ...
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How to Control Tomato Hornworms?

I've sprayed my plants with DiPel DF as a way of controlling Tomato Hornworms. (The Dipel Solution called for 2 to 4 teaspoons per 32oz of water.) It killed the hornworms effectively; however, it's ...
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What is causing dark spots on my tomato leaves? [duplicate]

I have a couple of matchless determinate variety tomatoes in grow bags. I am from Chennai, India (hot, humid and it's monsoon time now). It's been raining the past week. I applied Monopotassium ...
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What else besides calcium deficiency could be causing tomato blossom end rot?

I've been using "Tomato Maker" (4-2-6) fertilizer, which supposedly has enough calcium to prevent blossom end rot, but I'm still getting blossom end rot on my super marzano tomatoes (no BER problems ...
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Leaving tomato roots in the ground

Soon my tomato harvest is done and I wonder whether I can leave the roots in the ground for rotting or whether I should get them out. I heard that for some other annuals leaving the root in the ...
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Keep plants alive and healthy, but at a reasonable size?

My fiancée has several plants, including a basil, pepper (as in, green and red), and tomato. There’s also a poinsettia but that one is less of a problem. We live in a small one-bedroom ...
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What is causing irregular brown sunken spots on my tomatoes?

I have been growing tomatoes in the same spot in my garden for years. This year most of my tomatoes seem to be affected by a disease which only affects the tomatoes. I prune, water & fertilize the ...
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Snake eating tomato plant leafs? [duplicate]

I prepared seedlings of tomato plants. Now from around a week there are snake like design in leafs. There is some sort of bug inside leaf which is eating. What should i do for it. Can/should i use ...
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Is there anything special I can do to promote fruiting in a tomato cutting?

Due to an unfortunate incident with a batting tee and a softball, I now have a cutting of a tomato plant growing in pot on my porch. As a pure experiment I started it in a 4" pot and it quickly became ...
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What are the teeny tiny white bugs on my tomatoes?

The bugs are exceptionally small. I've included a video here. It may be related to the stretched and disfigured appearance of my tomatoes.
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Ways to salvage a tomato plant in winter

I received a tomato plant from work. It never blossomed, never produced fruit, but it grew to a fair height. My wife has ordered me to take it out of the house because it's attracting insects of some ...
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Tomato stems mysteriously cut above the fruit

I have good healthy plants with no signs of (obvious) trouble. Fruits are forming, but some fruits on some plants, and there quite a few of them, are mysteriously cut. I don't see similar damage ...
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What Should I Do With My Soil?

Location: Palm Beach, FL - zone 10A My garden was infested with weevils and some other kind of fungi. I sprayed it with Monterey Garden Insect spray a week ago. This week, I noticed that my plants ...
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Plants Fungus Infection

I am new to garden and I have a tomato plant that is infected by fungus. I would like to ask how fungus infects the plant? Does the disease affect the soil, plant or both?
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Do tomatoes really need support to grow?

I am new to gardening and I am starting out with tomatoes. I keep reading that tomatoes need support like a stake or a cage. However is there a reason why they can't just grow on the ground like ...
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Should I prune fungus-infected vegetable plants or destroy them?

I have some eggplant and tomato plants. My eggplants appear to have some kind of fungus. It's being raining quite a bit in Central, FL; as a result, I think they are infecting the tomato plant too. ...
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Why are my tomatoes cracking and what can I do?

(Memphis, TN. Zone 7) First garden. I'm growing tomatoes in two parts of the yard. One gets more sun than the other: the partially-shaded area is producing well, but in the the sun-baked area they're ...
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Watering container tomatoes while away

I have many 5 gallon containers with tomatoes, courgettes, peppers, herbs, etc. in my garden. I am leaving for 10 days in the middle of August, and nobody will be able to water the plants (also the ...
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Tomato cutting vs fruit products

My question is simple. If I cut off the non-flowering branches, will it force the plant to put more resources into the already growing fruits? More specifically, my tomato plant is growing beyond ...
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Harvesting tomato seeds and planting the same year

I just saw this question: Harvesting sunflower seeds and planting the same year Now I wonder whether the same is valid for tomatoes, too? About a month ago, I started harvesting the first tomatoes of ...
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What is causing the leaves to develop brownish patches between the veins on my tomato plant?

My tomato plant's leaves are turning brown in some places (photo). Zoom in It seems to affect mostly older leaves, but not all of them, as you can see in the image. It starts with a few small brown ...
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What's wrong with my tomato plant?

This is a Great White plant, planted about 30 days ago. It has yellowing leaves with black spots, all tge leaves are drooping, and there are very few flower buds. I'm afraid I might need to dispose of ...
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What is the value of powdered onion as a fertilizer or soil amendment?

Hypothetically speaking, if I have a whole bunch of onions that I powdered, what value might that powder have as a fertilizer or soil amendment for plants like tomatoes, peppers and cucurbits (just ...
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Advice for late tomato/pepper starts

I had planned to start some plants indoors for the vegetable garden this year to try more disease resistant varieties but between being busy and the weather being cold for so long I completely forgot. ...
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Do tomatoes require pollinators to bear fruit?

I ask because I have a small raised bed wrapped in hardware cloth to keep the wildlife out, and then it's covered in shade cloth to keep the hot southwestern sun out. The plants (one "container ...
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What is wrong with my tomato plants?

(Disclaimer: I'm a novice tomato-gardener, this is my first season) I love in eastern NC, and my tomato plants just seem... small. And now I'm starting to get tomatoes on my plants, but they're ...
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How long do tomatoes live for?

How long do tomatoes live for under ideal conditions? Do different varietals have vastly different lifespans?
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To prune or not to prune tomato's lower leaves?

I battled early blight last year, so this year I laid down a thick bed of grass clippings as mulch in my raised beds to prevent splashing of the dirt onto the plants. Last night, simply out of habit, ...
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How many tomato plants can I put in a 4 ft. x4 ft. raised bed?

I would like a mix of cherry and other sizes. Figure indeterminate growth.
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How far do potatoes really need to be from tomatoes to prevent disease/blight?

How far do potatoes really need to be from tomatoes? Is ten feet with a row of peas in between sufficient? Also, do sweet potatoes count as potatoes?