St. Paul, Minn. (May 20, 1997)—Dreaming of a BLT made with vine-ripened tomatoes from your garden? Or how about colorful cherry tomatoes garnishing your summer salads? America's plant doctors, members of the American Phytopathological Society (APS), offer guidance for growing terrific tomatoes.
"Buy healthy tomato transplants to avoid disease and plant them in a sunny garden site. Water your plants as required by local soil conditions. Practice crop rotation by flip-flopping the garden site each year. These important practices can ensure a healthy and bountiful crop," Thomas Zitter, plant doctor and research scientist at Cornell University and an APS member, said.
Tomatoes can be infected by a number of different blights (early, late, and Septoria leaf blight) that limit the quality and abundance of fruits or sometimes totally destroy the plant. To banish blights, follow these tips from the plant doctors at APS:
The American Phytopathological Society (APS) is a professional scientific organization of 5,000 members dedicated to the study of plant diseases and their control. For more information, visit APSnet.