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It's Time to Watch for Tomato Problems!

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It's Time to Watch for Tomato Problems!

OK, go ahead and admit it, I think we all do it! We compare notes and info with our friends, coworkers, relatives, and neighbors to find out who picked that first ripe tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum ). 

It's been a cool start this year but by now tomatoes should be starting to ripen.  Every gardener has their “tricks” when it comes to winning the race.  Some gardeners purchase a plant that already has some blossoms or small fruits on it, but is that really fair?

There are many factors involved in getting that first tomato, including how mature your plants were when you planted them, the number of days it takes for a particular variety to mature, and something that we can’t control, i.e., the weather and growing conditions for that particular year.

If you have grown tomatoes before, you also realize that even if the contest is over, the challenges continue. Whether you’re new to tomato growing or an experienced gardener, at the William T. Kemper Center for Home Gardening, we can help you meet the challenge.

This website has a tremendous amount of information on tomato growing. Why not explore some of what’s available from the Advice, Tips and Resources Tab located in the Gardening Help Menu on the left side of this page.

Our Kemper Center Factsheets provide in-depth articles on tomato culture, their diseases and disorders, and some recommended heirloom varieties.  

We also have very useful Visual Guides which can help you identify plant problems, assist you in plant selection, and introduce you to some new gardening techniques. Does the foliage look bad on your tomatoes? Or is your biggest problem with the tomato fruit? Follow the links for some answers!

You’ll also find that once you may have identified your tomato’s “ailment” from the visual guide, you can find additional information about the problem in an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) page. You can link to some from the visual guide, but follow this link to Common Garden Pest and Problems for access to all of our IPM pages.

Questions, yes we get questions! One of the FAQ’s that we get about tomatoes is what are some of the common problems of tomatoes in this area?  Contained in that answer is a clue as to why you might have a lot of tomatoes now, but will most likely have a limited amount of fruit later in the season. For answers to other questions about tomato, just type “tomato” in the Gardening Help FAQ search box, hit your “enter” key and choose the question you would like answered.

Want your tomato or gardening related questions answered in person? We do that too! Just call the Horticulture Answer Service (Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. @ 314-577-5143) or visit the “doctors” at the Plant Doctor Desk (Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.) in the Center for Home Gardening.

Enjoy the race and its ultimate prize-that great tasting homegrown tomato!

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