Tomatoes with Blight/Septoria - are the tomatoes safe to eat?

mjazAugust 10, 2008


All of my tomatoes have septoria and blight. I tried hard to save them, but have given up the fight - the septoria is rampant.

I have 2 questions -

1) is it safe to eat the tomatoes? many of them look OK, but I cut into one this afternoon and it was black inside. fun!

2)we've never run into this problem before. we had a very humid and wet summer, but I'm not sure if that's the only reason for it? what should we do to get rid of the plants and assure this doesn't happen next year?

Thanks so much!


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greenhouser(Middle TN Zone 6)

Bag them up and tie the top tightly. Send them to the local dump. I would eat any that look good. Any with black inside I'd throw away - in the garbage can! You'll have to move your toms to a different spot next year.

Whitefly and spider mite trashed my larger tomato, eggplant and pepper garden this year. Early Girl is hanging on but the Roma's are all but dead. The Peppers, common Bells, are dropping leaves and all blossoms.... only about 5 peppers from 18 plants.... whoops, 17 plants. One pepper died already. The eggplants are now a standstill. You're not the only one with problems.

    Bookmark   August 10, 2008 at 1:59PM
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I'm having a tough time with blight too. Any tomatoes that set before the onset of the blight will be fine. Any that have black spots or look to be bruised, I'd chuck. Dispose of plants once the tomatoes have ripened (I put them in a burn pile we have in our backyard). Do not put the plants in the compost or till them under.

    Bookmark   August 10, 2008 at 6:27PM
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peel(z6 CT)

I'm just starting to develop the same problem. Between this and the powdery mildew that destroyed my squash plants, I'm blaming it on the crazy weather we're having this year. Of course, this is my first year gardening, so I'm just trying to blame it on anything other than myself so I don't get too discouraged to continue next year. :)

    Bookmark   August 11, 2008 at 12:26PM
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greenhouser(Middle TN Zone 6)

Peel: There are things beyond our control (weather, disease) so go easy on yourself. :)

    Bookmark   August 11, 2008 at 12:48PM
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peel(z6 CT)

I'm glad I've been lurking around here for a while. Seeing the similar problems other people are having and realizing they are in my zone area actually makes me feel more confident for next year. Sorry to hijack the thread, Mel. :)

    Bookmark   August 11, 2008 at 1:31PM
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Peel, my Aunt is a master gardener and lives in CT. She's having a tough time with tomatoes and peppers this year. I think if a master gardener is having a tough time, just about everybody is. Like Greenhouser said, take it easy on yourself.

    Bookmark   August 11, 2008 at 1:35PM
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I don't know what killed my tomatoes, but I have a feeling it was blight judging from the descriptions I've read here. My 2 eggplant plants are doing fine, though. What can I safely plant next year in the raised bed that the blighted tomatoes were in? I don't think eggplants would be safe, because aren't they related to tomatoes? Peas? Beans? Help!!!

    Bookmark   August 11, 2008 at 5:54PM
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From all I've read, no, you don't want to plant your tomatoes in the same raised box next year. We're considering replacing the soil in our box or covering it in black plastic for try and kill any kind of fungus. But I wouldn't plant tomatoes there next year.

Thanks to everyone else for their input.

    Bookmark   August 11, 2008 at 8:50PM
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laceyvail(6A, WV)

Early blight is endemic in West Virgina. I use Gardens Alive product Soap Shield to slow down the onset, but I stop spraying in early July when my plants are already huge. After that, I don't worry about it. I still get a huge crop. I have a four year rotation for tomato/pepper family, and the early blight doesn't harm any other crops.

    Bookmark   August 12, 2008 at 6:34AM
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I also live in Massachusetts and have been having trouble with all of my tomato plants this year. At first I blamed it on the tobacco virus. Then, doing some research on septoria, I realized that was my problem. I tried to cut off as much as it as possible from the plants, but sadly three plants didn't make it. All of my plants still [are] managed [ing] to get some tomatoes (though not all vine ripened) and were all good to eat.

So, is this disease due to the crazy weather? Is the soil still good to grow DIFFERENT veggies in?

    Bookmark   August 12, 2008 at 6:37PM
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The soil is still fine for other veggies so long as they are not nightshades (tomatoes, peppers, eggplants.)

    Bookmark   August 12, 2008 at 8:54PM
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