Spots On Tomato Leaves

Filed in Gardening by on August 18, 2013 2 Comments

I was just talking to the neighbor outside when she asked how our garden was going. I didn’t really know how to answer. She caught me a little off guard, but I eventually said something along the lines of, “Umm, not sure. We’re getting some tomatoes, but not as many as I expected. It seems as though we’ve got some spots on the leaves.”

She knew what I was talking about and went into her own gardening story. We both agreed that the investment may not be worth it. The soil, fencing, pots, tiller, seeds and all that cost much more than the fruit you’ll most likely pull out. In order to make financial sense, you need to maintain a garden year after year – learning the entire time.

Don’t get me wrong – we’re getting tomatoes. Every morning I go out there, I pluck at least five off the vine. And this morning was no different, except that two of the larger ones had already split. We have been getting a lot of rain around here for the past few days and it doesn’t take long for almost ripe tomatoes to suck up all that water and do damage to themselves.

Bowl of Tomatoes

About a week or so ago, I began noticing little spots on the leaves of our tomato plants. I knew this wasn’t a good sign and decided to head inside to do a little research on what might be happening. Here’s what I found:

Controlling Tomato Leaf Spot Diseases
Septoria Leaf Spot On Tomatoes
Spotty Tomato Leaves

Apparently, tomatoes are hosts to many a disease. The one we’re facing, I suspect, is called “Septoria Leaf Spot” and is caused by excessive moisture and humidity. Which makes sense because we do get a regular rain storm just about every day and Florida is known for its humidity. It’s a perfect recipe for what’s going on with our tomato plants.

Septoria Leaf Spot On Tomato Plant

I don’t think I’m going to worry too much about this. It’s been going on for a while and we’re still getting tomatoes. And it’s not like we’re going to be using the same soil again. If we do, we’ll pick up some sort of fungicide to cure the situation. I would like to make it through the season though, without everything dying. That would be swell.

Do you grow tomatoes? Have you ever had leaf spot and if you had, what happened? How did you handle it, or did you just leave it alone? Please let me know in the comment section below.


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  1. Anthony says:

    I know that if it becomes to much of a problem, where you see it’s spreading excessively, you must get rid of the plants in a garbage bag and off your property.

    • Jay Gaulard says:

      Agreed. It is pretty bad, but I think the problem lies in the fact that nothing can really dry out down here. It rains and then the humidity keeps everything very damp. But I’m under no illusion that it’s not my fault for cramping all the plants together. Thanks for the advice.

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