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Old 08-23-2016, 02:30 PM
 
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My few tomatoes that have been doing great and bearing lots of cherry tomatoes are showing wilted leaves and some the green fruits on them are wtinkled. Its the first dry day after ten days of rain.
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Old 08-23-2016, 03:51 PM
 
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This morning i picked a very fat and black caterpillar from one of them. Could this be thecreason as on further inspection i found some bitten green tomatoes. Is it too late to save them now?
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Old 08-23-2016, 08:54 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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You have two unrelated problems. If the rain came with a sudden, prolonged cooling that explains the wrinkles. The pest you found can be treated with BT, but the best solution is to search for them, remove and squish. The wrinkled fruit can be saved, roast them with some garlic powder, salt and pepper on a sheet pan rubbed with olive oil. Serve with some chopped red onion.
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Old 08-25-2016, 08:35 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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You have two unrelated problems. If the rain came with a sudden, prolonged cooling that explains the wrinkles. The pest you found can be treated with BT, but the best solution is to search for them, remove and squish. The wrinkled fruit can be saved, roast them with some garlic powder, salt and pepper on a sheet pan rubbed with olive oil. Serve with some chopped red onion.
love the idea about the cherry tomatoes.

as for the rain, cooling, etc. we have this so often in the summer that we are used to wilting leaves, but we still seem to get plenty of fruit; the plants just look ugly. Of course some of our tomato plants are coming to the end of their productivity for this season; others are doing great and will produce for another 6 weeks or so.
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Old 08-25-2016, 10:48 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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love the idea about the cherry tomatoes.

as for the rain, cooling, etc. we have this so often in the summer that we are used to wilting leaves, but we still seem to get plenty of fruit; the plants just look ugly. Of course some of our tomato plants are coming to the end of their productivity for this season; others are doing great and will produce for another 6 weeks or so.
One advantage to growing in a greenhouse is the plants never getting wet, though rain July-August is rare here. I do it for the heat, and the last few days have been picking 12-14 tomatoes a day, mostly Sungold.
My leaves are still green and it's putting out more blossoms all the time.
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Old 08-25-2016, 11:54 AM
 
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When I saw the wrinkled tomatoes I was so disappointed but I went ahead that evening and got a bag o's Epson salt. Been reading about it but never started using it. I sprinkled the recommended amount around the stems and watered thoroughly. Next morning NO WRINKLES anymore. But lots of branches are limb and dry, so I thought maybe because they grew so tall for the pot size and not enough nutrition for them. I started cutting some of the top stems shorter maybe this will provide the nutrients for the developing tomatoes.
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Old 08-25-2016, 12:21 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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One advantage to growing in a greenhouse is the plants never getting wet, though rain July-August is rare here. I do it for the heat, and the last few days have been picking 12-14 tomatoes a day, mostly Sungold.
My leaves are still green and it's putting out more blossoms all the time.
We have plenty of tomatoes as well and lots of blossoms except for one plant. It has only a handful of babies; will pull it out one of these days. All our garden is in containers. I just can't bend down like I used to. The one thing I am disappointed in this year: the soil I used must have come from Lowe's front grass or something: It is filled with Bermuda grass.
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