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Growing Tomatoes - Dealing with Problems and Pests

Problems and pests should not be allowed to ruin your tomato crop. Most tomato problems can be avoided all together. Here's how to deal with tomato problems and pests before they get out of hand.

Blossom Drop
Blossom drop is a common tomato growing problem that can be extremely frustrating to the home gardener. Otherwise healthy looking tomato plants set flower blossoms, only to have them dry up and fall off the plant before a fruit is formed. Blossom drop can be attributed to several causes, most often related to either temperature and / or stress.

3 Avoidable Tomato Disorders
Tomatoes have a lot of problems, but many of them could be avoided with a little advance effort. Here's how to avoid three of them.

Common Tomato Diseases (and what to do about them)
Growing conditions and weather play important roles in both controlling and spreading tomato diseases. Here's some help for identifying the problem and fixing it.

Blossom End Rot
We've all seen tomatoes that turn brown on the bottom, just as they ripen. It's called blossom end rot and it can't be corrected, but here's how it can be avoided.

Cracking Tomatoes
A common tomato growing problem is fruit that cracks or splits open as the tomato ripens. How can you prevent future tomatoes from cracking and is the cracked fruit still edible?

Fusarium Wilt of Tomatoes
Tomato plants infected with Fusarium wilt cannot take up water. The disease doesn't just cause them to wilt, it weakens them and can eventually kill them. Here's how to identify Fusarium wilt and what you can do about it.

Early Blight - ID and Control
Early blight is one of the most common and most annoying tomato diseases. Spot it early, for the best chance of controlling it. Here are some photos and suggestions for dealing with this fungus disease.

Green Tomatoes - Getting them To Ripen
Some years the tomatoes just refuse to change color. Here's some help to get the ball rolling and for saving those end of the season green tomatoes.

Late Blight - What is It?
Of all the diseases that can affect tomatoes and their relatives, late blight can be one of the most damaging. Find out the symptoms early, because it moves fast.

Late Blight Prevention Tips
There is no cure for late blight, a rapidly spread disease that affects mainly tomatoes and potatoes, but here are some tips for preventing late blight in your garden.

Late Blight - What's Safe to Do with Tomatoes Affected by Late Blight?
Advice for dealing with tomato plants that have been affected by late blight - whether they are safe to eat, safe to save seeds and other questions.

Septoria Leaf Spot of Tomato - ID and Control
The are many diseases that can cause leaf spots on tomato plants. One of the most common is Septoria. Here are some tips for identifying Septoria and what to do if you have it.

Stem End Won't Ripen
It's frustrating when you're waiting and waiting for your tomatoes to ripen and they seem to stall. Having "green shoulders" doesn't necessarily mean the tomato isn't ready to eat. Here's why.

Tomato Hornworms
They're big. They're ugly. Are they a big problem? Well they have a big appetite, but they also have predators. Read up on tomato hornworms, before you panic.

Why do the bottom of tomatoes turn black and soft?
Ripening tomatoes that turn black and soft on their side not attached to the stem are affected with blossom end rot. As with so many tomato problems, water is a key factor here. Is there any saving the rotting tomatoes?

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