Friday, May 14, 2010
Bad News on the Tomato Seedlings
H2 came over and took some photos of the seedlings I started.
Not sure what's wrong with (some of) the tomatoes, but it doesn't look good.
About half of them are affected by some kind of lesion. Mold? Blight? Wilt? Mystery Funk? Take a look at Cornell's Tomato Leaf Symptoms Diagnostic Chart and let us know what you think. I'm leaning toward Bacterial Canker. If you want a second opinion, head over to the Texas A&M tomato problem solver.
About half of the tomatoes have been hit with this. After seeing how these diseases can wipe out full grown plants, we took plenty of precautions , e.g. bleaching old containers prior to using them, to prevent any kind of contamination from affecting our tomato seedlings. Somehow that wasn't enough. Right now only half of them show signs of being damaged, I'm hoping that the other half will stay healthy, but who knows.
A special note to those of you I was starting tomatoes for: While you might want to come look at our seedlings before writing them off, having a Plan B is a good idea. Here are a few other places that sell interesting varieties of tomato seedlings:
Green City Market Farmer's Market (every Wed and Saturday)
Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse Sale (May 15,16, and 19)
Grand Street Gardens
Lincoln Park High School Farmer's Market (every Sat.)
Some good news. The eggplants are going strong.
Peppers - anemic, but some new growth. They should make it.