results do not show any deficiencies, continue to explore other causesincluding wilt or blight.
Shiny, sticky, deformed leaves
Leaves are deformed, sometimes yellow, and appear tohave a shiny, sticky substance on them. Young tomato plants areespecially vulnerable to this "small" problem. Do not confuse this with"rolled" leaves which is a normal occurrence and not harmful to manytomato plants.
: Aphids are small, pear-shaped insects that congregate on thetop growth or underside of leaves. Aphids damage tomatoes bysucking plant sap and excreting a sticky substance on the foliage andfruit. Inspect the deformed leaves or normal leaves in the vicinity andyou should be able to see these insects.Whiteflies and spider mites are also nearly invisible insects that cancause similar symptoms. Spider mites cause small yellow specks andfine webs on leaves. Whiteflies will actually take flight when you brushthe plant.
Use an insecticidal soap or general-purpose garden dust tocontrol any of these insects.
Brown patches on leaves
Black or brown spots develop on plant leaves and theybegin to fall off the plant. The plant may also produce fruits with asunburned appearance.
Early Blight is a fungus that survives during the winter on oldvines left on the garden floor. Cleaning up old vines from the priorseason, rotating crops and spacing plants properly to allow for good aircirculation are good first steps in avoiding this problem.
Preventative measures should be considered first, ie. croprotation and cleaning up debris from prior growing seasons. If yoususpect your plants have Early Blight, remove all diseased stems andfoliage and dispose of in the trash. Do not add the plant debris to yourcompost pile. A general-purpose garden dust can sometimes beeffective in controlling the disease if caught in the early stages.
Brown, dry, papery leaves