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Title: Early Blight?
Post by: Teagan on July 23, 2018, 12:02:23 pm
My plants and basil have been doing amazing except for one earth box that has a crack on the bottom that I was not aware of and two other plants that seem to have early blight? The Stupice produced a bunch of tomatoes with whatever it may have but the bush looking plant doesn't grow and has only produced about 10 tomatoes. Not sure what kind of tomato it is bc the guy told me it was a white cherry tomato and clearly he was wrong because they are red. I would greatly appreciate suggestions and any diagnosis....if the plants have a disease, they must go:{ Thank you

Why can't I attach photos???? I get an error every time and they are within the correct size limit.
Title: Re: Early Blight?
Post by: Teagan on July 23, 2018, 12:27:24 pm
I've included the photos below because I get an error every time I try to attach a photo.
Title: Re: Early Blight?
Post by: linear249 on July 23, 2018, 02:06:42 pm
Where are you located and what is the temp outside?

Title: Re: Early Blight?
Post by: Teagan on July 23, 2018, 07:47:36 pm
Chicago and it has been very hot and humid.
Title: Re: Early Blight?
Post by: gardendoc on July 26, 2018, 02:06:47 pm
The trouble with trying diagnose tomato (or any other vegetable) from pictures on the Internet is matching symptoms. Everyone wants whatever foliage symptoms to be blight. I don't think this is early blight. One of the main signs of early blight are stem lesions with small individual lesions that may coalesce into larger lesions. It is going to show up during early warm periods with lots of rain. Of course early season is relative. For Chicago I would think early June, here on the MS Gulf coast it's April.

Remove the affected leaves and use a contact fungicide like chlorothalanil.
Title: Re: Early Blight?
Post by: Teagan on July 28, 2018, 10:49:07 am
I figured out the problem with one of the plants....a defective earth box. Two of my boxes are cracked on the bottom and leaking. The leak was noticeable at first but then as the crack got larger more water came out and I knew something was not right. I contacted Earth Box and they had me take a photo of the date underneath the box along with a photo of where it is leaking and it turns out, it is part of a defective lot of boxes.

I then decided to take a closer look at a box I only have flowers and one tiny tomato plant in....I figured the water was coming out a few seconds after I started pouring because the tiny plant and flowers did not utilize as much as my big tomato plants. Nope. This box is also leaking from the bottom middle.

I'm really upset because Earth Box should have done a mass email and recall of the defective lot of boxes instead of waiting for people to come to them with dead plants. I spend a lot of time and money on my plants only to find out its not something I am doing wrong or a disease. Huge disappointment. 

As for the plant in the 2nd photo, it is still producing tomatoes but the leaves are ALL brown around the rim. I agree it is not early blight but something is causing the leaves to turn brown around the edges. There is not sign of any pests and it has not spread.