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Hot Springs, Ark. – Today, 95 percent of all American gardeners grow tomatoes; they are the most popular
garden vegetable in Arkansas. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, four
out of five people prefer tomatoes to any other homegrown food. Tomatoes rank number
one in terms of their contribution of nutrients to the American diet, simply because
we eat a lot of them. This is the time of year when many of us have questions about
growing tomatoes and dealing with tomato problems. Here are a few frequently asked
questions dealing with growing tomatoes.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What causes the lower leaves of my tomato plants to roll up?
A. Leaf roll (curling of the leaflets) is a physiological condition that occurs most
commonly when plants are trained and pruned. Any type of stress can cause leaf roll.
It does not affect fruiting or quality, and it is not a disease.
Q. What causes the flowers to drop off my tomato plants?
A. During unfavorable weather (night temperatures lower than 55 degrees F or above
72 degrees F and day temperatures above 95 degrees F with dry, hot winds), tomatoes
do not set fruit and the flowers drop. The problem usually disappears as the weather
Q. What causes the young leaves of my plants to become pointed and irregular in shape?
I noticed the twisting of the leaves and stems after spraying the plants for the first
A. Your tomato plants have been injured by 2,4-D or a similar weed killer. Never use
the same sprayer for weed control in your vegetable garden you used on your lawn.
Drift from herbicides originating one-half mile or more away can also injure tomato
plants. Barnyard manure from livestock that have consumed hay or forage treated with
certain herbicides can also cause these symptoms.
Q. What causes large, black spots on the bottom or blossom end of my tomatoes?
A. Blossom-end rot, a dry, leathery rot on the blossom end of the fruit, is common
in homegrown tomatoes. It is caused by a combination of calcium deficiency and wide
fluctuations in soil moisture. Severe pruning stresses the plants and increases the
incidence of blossom-end rot. Some tomatoes are much more susceptible to this condition
than others. Liming the soil, mulching and uniform watering help prevent blossom-end
Q. My tomato plants wilted rapidly. When I cut the stem open, I found a brown ring
around the inside.
A. This is fusarium wilt caused by a soilborne fungus that attacks tomatoes and other
crops. Use resistant varieties to control this disease. Most commercial tomato varieties
are resistant. Before you plant a cultivar, make sure it is resistant to fusarium
wilt. This resistance is denoted by the letter F after the name; for example, Celebrity
Q. The foliage on my tomatoes is covered by small circular-shaped spots that cause
it to turn yellow and drop off. This occurs in all seasons and is on the top and
A. Several types of leaf spots attack tomatoes. Septoria leaf spot quite often starts
at the bottom of the plant and rapidly spreads. It can be controlled with a fungicide
spray. Begin the spray program early in the life of the plant.
Q. My tomato plants look great. They are dark green, vigorous and healthy. However,
flowers are not forming any fruit. What is the problem?
A. Several conditions can cause tomatoes to not set fruit. Too much nitrogen fertilizer,
nighttime temperatures over 75 degrees F, low temperatures below 50 degrees F, irregular
watering and not enough direct sunlight can cause poor fruit set.
Growing tomatoes can be a challenge but harvesting that first homegrown tomato and
enjoying it with a meal or as a meal makes it well worth the effort. If you have
questions give me a call at 501-623-6841 or come by our office at 236 Woodbine.
Master Gardener Information
Master Gardener meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of each month at the Elks Lodge. They’re open to the public and guests
are welcome. For more information call the Extension Office at 623-6841 or 922-4703
or email Allen Bates at email@example.com.
Are you interested in joining an existing Extension Homemakers Club? EHC is the largest
volunteer organization in the state. For information on EHC contact Jessica Vincent
on 623-6841 or 922-4703 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have several 4-H clubs for our Garland county youth who are 5 to 19 years old.
For more information on all the fun 4-H activities that are available for our youth,
call Linda Bates at the Extension Office on 623-6841 or 922-4703 or email her at email@example.com .
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By Allen Bates County Extension Agent - AgricultureThe Cooperative Extension ServiceU of A System Division of Agriculture
Media Contact: Allen Bates County Extension Agent - Agriculture
U of A Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
236 Woodbine Hot Springs AR 71901
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