Ria Malloy, Ellicott City, MD, US

gardening interests: Container Gardening, Cooking, Culinary Herbs, Edible Landscaping, Medicinal Herbs, Organic Gardening, Ornamental Gardening, Sustainable Living, Urban Gardening, Vegetables

Member Since: 08/07/2009

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Re: Northeast Tomato Plants Struck by Blight and More

Anatole - The entire east coast has been struck with Late Blight of Tomatoes! The pathogen, Phytophthora infestans, was responsible for the Irish potato famine of the 1840’s. The spores multiplied and spread quickly in the wet weather we had in early summer. Once your tomatoes have the symptoms, remove the plants, put them in plastic bags and dispose in the trash. Do not compost or bury the plants! For more information on this disease and how to prevent it next year, check out the University of Maryland's Late Blight of Tomato webpage. It includes a photo gallery and video on how to diagnose Late Blight on Tomatoes.