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Identifying and Treating Tomato Blight

 Tomato blight is one of those things that you've undoubtedly heard about a million times. You probably don't know what it is. You might have seen tomato blight without ever knowing it.


Many people hop over to this site and are even more curious about tomatoes. If you're one of them, you're probably investigating what tomato blight is and what you can do to prevent it. Don't worry; it's not the end of the world, but your tomatoes need a little tender loving care.


What is tomato blight?


You might be surprised to learn that tomato blight refers to several different diseases. All of these diseases have one thing in common, and that's fungi cause them. Tomato blight can lead to wilting yellowing and even cause the death of your tomato plant. Don't worry; there are things you can do to prevent your tomato plants from being down for the count.


What are the symptoms?


Just like humans, there are symptoms when a tomato plant is sick. If you're fast-acting enough, you can turn these symptoms into warnings that do nothing more than tell you to get in gear and solve the problem ASAP. However, bad stuff can happen if you're not on your toes.


Early blight begins as dark circles on older leaves. The leaves will turn yellow and eventually fall off. You'll often see this happen in humid, warm climates.


Late blight looks like water-soaked areas on leaves that turn black or brown. You'll need to be on your toes because this blight spreads rapidly and must be addressed immediately. Be extremely vigilant if you have cool, wet conditions because late blight loves that type of weather.


Septoria leaf spot usually has small, round spots with gray centers and dark edges on the leaves. Unlike early and late blight, Septoria won't impact the quality of your tomatoes. So, there's less to worry about if you spot this infection.


How to prevent tomato blight


The most important thing you can do is plant blight-resistant varieties of tomato plants. You also want to make sure your tomato plants are properly spaced apart to ensure that they have plenty of area. Also, water your tomato plants from the base and not the leaves. You don't want to make the leaves wet if possible.


Crop rotation is super important when it comes to preventing blight. You should never plant your tomatoes in the same place in your garden every year. Change the areas where you plant your tomatoes to ensure they don't drain the soil of much-needed nutrients.


How to treat tomato blight?


Copper-based fungicides are the most popular, and you should use them at the beginning of the growing season. Baking soda sprays or neem oil work if you're looking for a more organic approach to treating blight. You might be surprised to learn that simply pruning the leaves might help if you immediately notice the blight. You do want to make sure that you wash your tools properly after pruning the leaves to ensure that you don't spread tomato blight later on while working in the garden.


Tomato blight isn't the end of the world


It might seem to some that tomato blight is the end of the world, but it isn't. Sure, it may dent your harvest, but it shouldn't if you pay close attention to what's going on with your tomatoes. Early detection is a must if you want to salvage your harvest, and that's why you should constantly walk through your garden and inspect your tomato plants, even if you aren't planning on doing any work.

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