Tomatoes diseases

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Plant diseases of tomatoes due to lack or excess of nutrients

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Among the main ones are the following:

  •  Rolled leaves: As a result of too high humidity or excessive pruning.
  • «Cracking» or cracks in the fruit (tomato craking): It can be produced by the excess of temperature combined with the lack of humidity. It may also be due to irrigation problems.
  • Fall of the flowers or fruits: It can also be produced by the excess of temperature combined with the lack of humidity. Low temperatures can produce the same results
  • Malformations in fruits: Excess of chemical products, especially phytoregulators. Among these the most important are the auxins that are intended to produce the fruit set. They are used by wetting the inflorescences 1 or 2 times. When the instructions are not followed properly they can produce the aforementioned malformations.
  • Hollow fruit: Excess of chemical products, especially phytoregulators. Fertilization problems of flowers.
  • Tomato sunburn: Excess of solar radiation produces white spots, with an inferior watery texture.
  • Weak yellowish green leaves: Lack of nitrogen.
  • Premature drying of flowers: Deficiencies of phosphorus.
  • Tardiness in the formation and opening of flowers: Deficiencies of phosphorus
  • Yellowish white leaves with spots: Lack of magnesium.

Other diseases of tomatoes

Besides diseases caused by lack or excess of nutrients, tomatoes can show the following types of diseases:

Tomato plagues

Tomatoes can also be affected by numerous plagues, such as tomato rust, aphids, etc ( More information on tomato plagues)

punto rojo More information on tomatoes cultivation


Written by Editorial Botanical-online team in charge of content writing

11 June, 2019

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