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Posted on 20 July 2009 by tomatocasual.com

Irish Potato Famine Disease Hits Tomatoes in Northeastern States

blightBy Vanessa Richins

In 1845, Ireland was hit with late blight (caused by Phytophthora infestans), which killed much of the potato crops.

Since this was their main crop, a famine grew in the country.

It lasted for the next 6 years.

In the end, it is believed that about 1.5 million people died from starvation and 1 million people went to other countries.

Since tomatoes are in the same family (Solanaceae) as potatoes. it can also be affected by late blight.

2009 thus far has been one of the rainiest years in a while. The wet, cool conditions are perfect for the development of a fungus like Phytophthora infestans. This year

In the Northeast (from Ohio to Maine), reports have come in that plants Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 11 July 2009 by tomatocasual.com

Reader Questions: Too Much Rain for Tomatoes

rain1By Vanessa Richins

Terri asks:

“I live in NJ, we’ve had too much rain; a few of my tomato plants are not doing well.

Is the rain the prob? Leaves are drooping, appreciate response.”

Hello Terri. It is probably true that too much rain is hurting your tomatoes.

It’s a strange thought isn’t it – when you think of wilting leaves, you would think it was due to lack of water. However, overwatering can also produce wilting leaves.

It’s especially problematic if you have Read the rest of this entry »

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