Although many believe that growing tomatoes is easy, it is not always like that. There are a lot of possible problems. While some are very rare there are some that are quite common and you should always take into consideration.

Did you know that tomatoes happen to be part of the potato family? This is why they are susceptible to hundreds of different disease and pest problems. However, this alone should not stop gardeners from harvesting many buckets of extremely healthy tomatoes. It is essential to learn how to diagnose and prevent tomato problems from the start.

tomato-blightTomato Blight is the first one we need to consider. Whilst this is commonly called Potato blight it can also affect tomatoes because they are in the same family. In most cases nothing can be done when tomato blight appears.

It can be prevented though if you use proper hygiene. Basically you need to pay attention to the water you are using so that it is clean at all times. The use of some various possible fungicidal sprays can be very beneficial.

While growing tomatoes you can also be faced with virus infections that can easily kill the plant. The common symptoms you should be on the lookout for are reduced yield, yellowing and leaf mottling. You need to cut out affected leaves.

In most situations the virus infections can be ignored if you just cut the damaged leaves. At times the tomato plant might look like it suffers from a virus only to actually have a magnesium deficiency. If you use good fertilizer you can avoid this and treatment is also easy.

End rot and tomato pests are also common. In case of the rot a brown patch will be noticed on the fruit’s base. This will happen as the plant is drying out and you can avoid this if you do pay attention at all times.

You can easily take care of tomato pests in most situations. There are not many that will attack tomatoes.

One really big problem when growing tomatoes is soil sickness. It is never recommended to grow the same plants in the same spots. Attention is necessary and the soil needs to be replaced every year so that the quality always stays high.

Preventing and Diagnosing Tomato Diseases and Pests