History of Tomatoes

Americans may be in love with tomatoes today, but the relationship got off to a rocky start. During Colonial Times, we wouldn’t put a tomato near our mouths, let alone try to eat one. Folklore had it that if you ate a tomato, its poison would turn your blood into acid. Instead, the colonists grew tomatoes purely for decoration. Origins and Travels We came around in the end of course, but the tomato bandwagon was almost full before we jumped onto it. Native peoples in South and Central America, where…

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Gray Leaf Spot on Tomato Leaves

If your tomato plants have unusual brown or gray spots on the underside of leaves, then you may have a gray leaf spot problem. The spots begin as small black or brown specks on both young and mature tomato leaves, resulting in unhealthy and diseased looking plants. Causes and Symptoms The cause of gray leaf spot disorder usually begins on tomato seeds in the form of a fungus. The spores of the fungus travel to other plants by rain or wind. Once they find a wet leaf, the spores grow…

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Tomato Leaf Mold

Tomato leaf mold is a common fungus that attacks tomatoes grown in humid places. The mold attaches itself to the leaf and feeds off of the humidity to grow and thrive. It is vital to take care of the situation immediately so that the foliage isn’t dramatically infected. Infected leaves will decrease the amount of tomatoes yielded. Luckily, this fungus is pretty simple to treat and cure. Causes and Symptoms With this type of fungus, it is rare that the fruit is infected as well. The signs to look for…

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