Small brown spots on cherry tomato and eggplant

doomahxJune 12, 2013


I had a similar issue last year with my tomato plant and was never able to find the cause. I thought perhaps it was some sort of disease that came from the nursery last year but this year i grew from seeds that came from a different source. Not all leaves are affected and i don't really see any wilting or yellowing. Anyone have any idea what could be causing this?

I checked for mites and didn't see any. I have had a couple leaf hoppers on days here and there but nothing compared to last year. I'm on a balcony in the concrete jungle so i don't get tons of garden pests.

This post was edited by doomahx on Wed, Jun 12, 13 at 6:25

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This is the eggplant. These spots seem a bit different and are mainly visible on the underside while the tomato spots seem to be fully visible on both sides on the leaf.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2013 at 6:19AM
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looks like rust to me, maybe this thread will help ?


Here is a link that might be useful: see here

    Bookmark   June 12, 2013 at 6:24AM
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edweather(Zone 5a/b Central NY)

I had the exact same thing on my lower Hawaiian Pineapple tomato foliage after a week of rain. All other plants were fine. I removed a few of the affected branches (left one of them,) and sprayed with a fungicide. The one branch still looks the same and no other branches are affected, and things are drying out a little. I just attributed it to the constant cool moist conditions.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2013 at 10:12PM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Yes, I was looking at images of rust earlier, could be....

As Ed says, remove those leaves/branches, put 'em in a bag, and throw them away.


    Bookmark   June 12, 2013 at 11:45PM
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I will go ahead and remove the affected leaves.

Will neem oil help as a preventative measure? I have it read it has some fungicidal properties but not 100% sure.

    Bookmark   June 13, 2013 at 5:54AM
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shazaam(NC 7B)

Just to be sure we're comparing apples to apples, are the spots on the leaves visible on both sides? So that the tissue within the spot seem dry/dead? If so, I've noticed spots similar to those on your tomato plant on both tomato and potato leaves, and it always follows periods of unusually heavy rainfall. Once the weather improves, the spots don't spread, and they've never affected yield or overall plant health in any way that I've noticed. I've never removed affected leaves and never treated my plants with a fungicide (or anything else). Have you had a lot of rain or potentially overwatered?

    Bookmark   June 13, 2013 at 10:47AM
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The tissue on the tomato plant is not dry/dead, it's just cosmetic at this point.

Some of the spots on the eggplant were starting to dry in the center.

    Bookmark   June 13, 2013 at 12:49PM
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