Asphalt Garden: Slice a Tomato and Check the Results

When I first started tackling the fungus problem in my tomatoes, I reported that the fungus had only been affecting the leaves, not the tomato fruits. Well, that has changed now.

A few weeks ago I started noticing cherry tomatoes were dropping to the ground. They were slightly discolored, and if I left them alone, they quickly rotted.

On closer inspection, about two thirds of my sungold cherry tomatoes looked fine. The remaining third, however, had small green blemishes. Slicing open a slightly blemished tomato revealed the true effect of the fungus – it rots the tomato from the inside out.

Fortunately, I expect this to be a temporary problem, because the sulfur-based fungicide I used has worked wonders.  Yes, there are some dead leaves that the fungus got, but new shoots and leaves have been unaffected. I’ve also seen an increase in flowers since I sprayed.

In hindsight, I should have dealt with my fungus problem sooner; who knows how much greater my yield could have been. All the same, I’ve learned a lot, and I still have a good two months of growing time to tease fruit out of my plants.

  • lydia

    It sure is hard work being a farmer isn’t it? I’ve been lucky. I planted Sungold tomaotes based on your early post and they’ve been doing really well. But some animal (maybe a squirrel?) has been eating my Sweet 100 tomatoes. I’m seeing lots of half eaten tomatoes and bits of peel in my raised bed.

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