Tag Archive: Tomatoes

Let’s Talk Tomatoes

Tomatoes are abundant this time of year and you have many options to buy local and fresh. Tomatoes are one of the most popular home garden vegetable to grow and should now be providing the home gardener with fresh ripe bounty from now until summers end. Our local farmer’s markets are also selling tomatoes home …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/08/05/lets-talk-tomatoes/

Keys to Growing Tomatoes in Florida

Florida farmers produce more fresh tomatoes than any other state. Yet Florida home gardeners find it difficult to grow tomatoes. By changing a few basic practices, home gardeners can increase their chances of success. My philosophy of growing tomatoes in Florida (mixed with science) is outlined below. First, I choose mostly determinate varieties that have …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/02/25/keys-to-growing-tomatoes-in-florida/

Leaf Mold Infecting High Tunnel Tomatoes

High tunnels have gained popularity in Florida over the past 10 years.  The USDA, Natural Resources Conservation Service EQIP program and others like it have increased high tunnel acreage in Florida from none being reported in 2001, to 186 acres in 2013 according to a UF/IFAS statewide survey. Although the use of this version of …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/04/09/leaf-mold-infecting-high-tunnel-tomatoes/

Conditions are Favorable for Bacterial Spot in Fall Tomatoes

Typical bacterial spot symptoms on a tomato leaf. Credit: University of Florida/IFAS High temperatures and wet weather produce the perfect conditions for the onset of bacterial spot in tomato fields. The disease is caused by various species of Xanthomonas bacteria. Small spots (1/8 inch) form on leaves, stems, and fruit. The leaf spots are sometimes outlined in …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/10/03/conditions-are-favorable-for-bacterial-spot-in-fall-tomatoes/

Managing Bacterial Wilt in Tomatoes with Grafting and a Plant Defense Inducer

Fig. 1: A tomato field in Florida with severe incidence of bacterial wilt. Photo credit: Mathews Paret Sanju Kunwar, Mathews Paret, Jeff Jones, Laura Ritchie, Steve Olson, and Josh Freeman, UF/IFAS NFREC Field tomato production in the southeastern United States is highly affected by bacterial wilt disease caused by Ralstonia solanacearum. In Florida, race 1 …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/09/12/managing-bacterial-wilt-in-tomatoes-with-grafting-and-a-plant-defense-inducer/

Buckeye Rot in Tomatoes

Buckeye Rot on Tomato – Photo courtesy of Shep Eubanks With the recent frequent rains and hot temperatures, the incidence of buckeye rot on field tomatoes has increased in Holmes County, especially on tomatoes that were not planted on plastic mulch. This disease in tomatoes is caused by Phytophthora parasitica, and typically shows up on …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/06/05/buckeye-rot-in-tomatoes/

Why Are My Tomatoes Cracking?

  Imagine this scenario: After you have heavily invested in your tomatoes, cracks appear on your previously perfect fruit just as they are starting to ripen.    Cracking in Cherokee Purple tomatoCredit: Mary Derrick, UF/IFAS How frustrating!  Depending on the severity of the cracking the fruit will still ripen and be edible, although blemished. However, if cracking …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/07/07/why-are-my-tomatoes-cracking/

Totally Tasty Tomatoes

Tomatoes are the most popular vegetable in backyard gardens.  With each plant capable of producing 8-10 pounds of fruit or more, good gardeners may have more tomatoes than they can eat.  If you lack a green thumb, tomatoes are easy to find at farmers markets, roadside stands, and even grocery stores. Botanically, the tomato is …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2012/07/27/totally-tasty-tomatoes/

Plant Bugs Terrorize Tomatoes

Plant bug nymphs are always ready to eat, especially vegetables. Plant bug adult Neither heat, nor drought, or seldom pesticides will keep the leaf footed plant bug off your tomatoes and other vegetables. This insect sucks juices from your fruit or vegetable leaving light colored marks on your fruit caused by cell distortion. Both nymphs …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2012/07/06/plant-bugs-terrorize-tomatoes-2/

Plant Bugs Terrorize Tomatoes

Plant bug nymphs are always ready to eat, especially vegetables. Plant bug adult Neither heat, nor drought, or seldom pesticides will keep the leaf footed plant bug off your tomatoes and other vegetables. This insect sucks juices from your fruit or vegetable leaving light colored marks on your fruit caused by cell distortion. Both nymphs …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2012/07/06/plant-bugs-terrorize-tomatoes/

Older posts «