Fungus on tomato leaf: cause or effect?
November 12, 2012 5:58 PM Subscribe
Tomato Disease Filter: what is this fungus looking stuff
on my tomato plants? Can I save the plants or does this call for scorched earth tactics in order to protect the rest of the garden?
posted by Hairy Lobster to Home & Garden (7 answers total)
Whatever this is appears to be killing my plants
and it progresses as follows:
1) leaves turn dead/brown
2) whitish fuzzy stuff appears that resembles insect cocoon material
3) reddish dots appear in the middle of areas covered with the whitish fuzz
The disease affects the plants from the top down. If a vine starts near the ground, climbs up and then bends back down only the upper part of the vine will be affected. The beginning and end of the vine near the ground are alive and green.
I imagine the white stuff is some sort of fungus and the red dots are its fruiting bodies but I haven't managed to match it up to anything online. Based on the progression I'm not entirely sure if the fungus is the cause or just an opportunist taking advantage of the dead leaves.
Please hope me by helping me figure out what the problem/disease is and if/how the plants can be saved.