Saturday, 7 May 2011

Tomato Tips - Keeping Plants Healthy

Tomato plants grow at an amazing speed under the right conditions and it is keeping them happy that will ensure a successful crop.

Here are a few tips on how to manage them - especially how to avoid those conditions that are a threat to their health.
  • Wet leaves for prolonged periods will result in fungal disease and kill them!
  • Soil that is soddon through heavy rain will be air-less and the plants will struggle.
  • Cold temperatures combined with wet leaves will result in tomato blight.
  • Even when growing outdoors, try to shelter them from rain.
I guess the biggest threat to the health of tomato plants is rain. It lowers their immune system and they will be vulnerable to every disease in the garden.

Of course a drop of rain on a warm day won't do them any harm, but wet leaves overnight when temperatures drop is a problem - especially if they are stood in soaking wet soil.

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