Odd Tomato Problem

One of the ‘Fabulous’ Tomatoes in the Family of 4 Garden has been showing some odd symptoms – purple-ing of the leaves, and some random lesions. The symptoms don’t follow the pattern of any of the recognizable tomato diseases, and only the one plant is effected.

Fabulous Tomato Problem The symptomatic leaves are appearing near the middle to the top of the plant, which is unusual. One of our K-State Plant Pathology diagnosticians suggested a magnesium deficiency…the solution would be epsom salts for that. I’ll let you know what we decide to do!

About Rebecca

I'm a Horticulture Educator with Sedgwick County Extension, a branch of K-State Research and Extension, located in Wichita, KS. I teach about fruits, vegetables, and herbs.

Posted on August 3, 2009, in Family of 4 Garden, Plant Problems & Diseases and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Did you ever discover what caused your “Odd Tomato Problem”? I have some leaves that are identical to your photo, so I’m very curious.

    • We did treat with magnesium – epsom salts, and the plants seemed to be healthier. The plants were still productive, so it apparently wasn’t a huge concern. Be careful though – there are some diseases that have similar symptoms to this, but we knew from close inspection that there wasn’t a disease in this case.

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