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 Post subject: Leaves turning yellow
PostPosted: Fri May 02, 2003 11:10 am 
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On my Tomato Plants the leaves are turning yellow. I planted them with and prepped the soil with humus, corn meal and dry molasses 4 weeks ago. I keep them watered and all was looking real good till about 2 days ago. Any ideas or suggestions?

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Take a magnifing glass turn a leaf over and look for very small spider mites. If you see these little red bugs spray with insecticidal soap evey 2-3 days for 3 times.

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In case it's not spider mites, and is a fungal problem, try a weekly foliar spray with cornmeal tea. See the pest and disease forum for a similar thread.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 08, 2003 10:49 am 
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Where can the cornmeal tea be purchased? Someone told me the yellowing leaves can also be caused by too much salt in the water. Has anyone heard of that before?


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Cornmeal tea can't be purchased as far as I know. I make it by soaking cornmeal in water outside in a covered bucket. It gets pretty rank smelling, so keep the lid on. I dilute it in 1-2 gallons of water (about a cup of the cornmeal tea) and spray it weekly on my tomato plants. It worked great last year, and appears to be doing the same this year.


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Dragonfly, how long do you have to soak the cornmeal tea before it is ready to use? I guess you mean regular cornmeal you buy in a grocery store? How much cornmeal to that amount of water? What kind of sprayer do you use?

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Take one or two cups of cornmeal (horticultural, grocery grade, or cracked corn from the feed store) and put it in a couple of gallons of water with a lid. Let it sit outside until it really smells bad. Won't take 2-3 days in this heat. Take one cup of the tea strained through cheesecloth or a pantyhose into your pressure sprayer (I use the heavy duty stainless steel variety with a brass nozzle). Put 1-2 gallons of water into the sprayer, and mist your tomato plants thoroughly. I do this once a week, usually in the early morning before the day really starts heating up. I used this treatment last year and my plants survived the Summer and produced into the Fall first frost. Production almost comes to a halt during the heat of the summer, but the plants survived, so I call that a success story.


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Hummm....I use this method too, with good results. However, I only soak the cornmeal for about an hour, and squeze out the remnants from a nylon hose. So, I need to let it ferment longer? Just curious.


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I was under the impression that microorganisms from the corn were what helped with fungal diseases, but maybe I'm wrong. If soaking the corn for an hour works, then I say go ahead and do it that way. It sure would smell better. Of course, spraying fish emulsion and seaweed isn't much fun.


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