Tag Archive: Tomatoes

Let’s Talk Tomatoes

Tomatoes are abundant this time of year and you have many options to buy local and fresh. Tomatoes are one of the most popular home garden vegetable to grow and should now be providing the home gardener with fresh ripe bounty from now until summers end. Our local farmer’s markets are also selling tomatoes home …

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Buckeye Rot in Tomatoes

Buckeye Rot on Tomato – Photo courtesy of Shep Eubanks With the recent frequent rains and hot temperatures, the incidence of buckeye rot on field tomatoes has increased in Holmes County, especially on tomatoes that were not planted on plastic mulch. This disease in tomatoes is caused by Phytophthora parasitica, and typically shows up on …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/06/05/buckeye-rot-in-tomatoes/

Why Are My Tomatoes Cracking?

  Imagine this scenario: After you have heavily invested in your tomatoes, cracks appear on your previously perfect fruit just as they are starting to ripen.    Cracking in Cherokee Purple tomatoCredit: Mary Derrick, UF/IFAS How frustrating!  Depending on the severity of the cracking the fruit will still ripen and be edible, although blemished. However, if cracking …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/07/07/why-are-my-tomatoes-cracking/

Totally Tasty Tomatoes

Tomatoes are the most popular vegetable in backyard gardens.  With each plant capable of producing 8-10 pounds of fruit or more, good gardeners may have more tomatoes than they can eat.  If you lack a green thumb, tomatoes are easy to find at farmers markets, roadside stands, and even grocery stores. Botanically, the tomato is …

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Plant Bugs Terrorize Tomatoes

Plant bug nymphs are always ready to eat, especially vegetables. Plant bug adult Neither heat, nor drought, or seldom pesticides will keep the leaf footed plant bug off your tomatoes and other vegetables. This insect sucks juices from your fruit or vegetable leaving light colored marks on your fruit caused by cell distortion. Both nymphs …

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Plant Bugs Terrorize Tomatoes

Plant bug nymphs are always ready to eat, especially vegetables. Plant bug adult Neither heat, nor drought, or seldom pesticides will keep the leaf footed plant bug off your tomatoes and other vegetables. This insect sucks juices from your fruit or vegetable leaving light colored marks on your fruit caused by cell distortion. Both nymphs …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2012/07/06/plant-bugs-terrorize-tomatoes/

Scouting Northwest Florida Tomatoes

Blossom End Rot Identification of pests affecting crops is the first part of designing an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program.  Scouting is an important part of any IPM program.  Once you identify problem pests, management decisions can be made such as changing cultural practices, using biological control methods or by applying pesticides.  By scouting and …

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