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Old 05-26-12, 08:12 AM   #1
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Tomatoes have black specs -holes in leaves ??Fungus -look like tiny animal droppings

I live in a suburb of New Orleans.
This year-the last 2 months-my plants have black specs-leaves stems fruit on them.
The black specs brush right off-initially- but then seems to adhere to the leaves
The leaves also develope holes-as if they had been shot gunned.
The plants don't die-still producing decent fruit- but some plants have become so ratty that I pull them up.20 or so plants-producing last 4 weeks-good production-4 different types-cherry big cherry regular tomatoes(forget which)
and Roma all piled together

What are the black specs-they are also on the salvia-and even on blades of grass.Fungus??
Very humid in NOLA- plenty of dew every morning-no I don't spray water the plants-just let a hose fill the rows-not watering leaves.
Yes this year I use Seven-liguid-yes not great for bees(all I can afford)
Yes my plants are waaaay too close together.
Heck. they look like tiny animal droppings-but aren't.
What are they?

How do I get rid of them?

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Old 05-26-12, 08:26 AM   #2
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maybe a combination of black sooty mold and insects
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Old 05-26-12, 08:40 AM   #3
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Sounds like Bacterial Speck Disease. Here's a paper on tomato blights, and it describes the treatment for it.

http://www.extension.iastate.edu/pub...ons/pm1266.pdf
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http://ohioline.osu.edu/hyg-fact/3000/3304.html
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Old 05-26-12, 01:21 PM   #5
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Thanks all
It looks most like-exactly like-Bacterial Speck disease.
Never had it before-still have good yields-and they wipe right off the fruit-especially in bright sunlight-they get hard-brush right off.
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Old 05-26-12, 01:28 PM   #6
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Try spraying with something like captan. If it's a mold, that should take care of it.
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If you're worried about using toxic chemicals, I learned this formula from this dude on channel 13. I have used it on office plants that have looked past-death and it has brought them to life. It's non-toxic yet gnats and bugs runs from this stuff.
You buy a regular spray bottle.
Pour in one small cup of LEMON dishwashing detergent.
One small cup of LEMON ammonia.
One cup of mouthwash.
Fill the rest of the bottle with water.
The lemon detergent will coat the plant and form a protective citrusy layer around it to repel bugs. The detergent also provides simple food nutrient for the plant.
The lemon ammonia will also repel bugs and the ammonia will attack any fungus on the plant and will give the plant Nitrogen when it evaporates. This gives the plant energy and helps it to process food.
The mouthwash will attack any infection that the plant may have.

First cut off any severly infected leaves and stems from the plant, then spray this solution on it. You can also pour this solution into a garden sprayer to cover a larger area, just increase the mixture dosage.


If this solution doesn't help the extent of fungus damage on your plants, it certainly will not harm them. Like I said, I used it on a plant at work that was fixing to be tossed out. It had white stuff on the leaves and stems and gnats all over it. I cut off all the moldy and infected leaves and some stems and sprayed this solutiion on it and into the potting soil and brought the plant back.
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