The Tomato Saga Continues
Well, the saga of the pitiful tomato plants continues. I thought we had largely solved the problem with more careful watering and fertilization. Then I noticed that the very youngest seedlings are starting to show some of the same symptoms! These are the ones I planted on April 5th after the original seedlings were looking pitiful. Okay…this is ridiculous. I looked at the older seedlings and saw a new “symptom,” which looks kind of like leafminer damage, but not really. I looked at it under the microscope and it isn’t at all typical of leafminer.
Here are a couple other pictures:
Anyway, I emailed several pictures to one of our plant pathologists for her ideas. the only thing we can determine that makes any sense whatsoever is a magnesium deficiency, and even that doesn’t make much sense. Normally magnesium deficiencies only show up in more mature plants later in the growing season.
What I’m really concerned about is if there is any chance whatsoever that these plants could actually have some sort of virus that could cause problems in the garden as a whole this year. Even if it is just a nutrient deficiency, will these plants have the stamina to withstand diseases and the Kansas weather? Will they be productive?
What this all comes down to is this…should we plant these tomatoes or pitch them? I’ll present the case to the Master Gardeners for judgment tomorrow!