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Old 05-20-2008, 08:33 AM   #1
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Tomato Plant Leaves are Turning White

Does anyone know why my tomato plant's leaves are turning white? We grew them from the seed and had just transplanted them into our garden bed last Sunday. They look healthy except for the whole white leaf thing going on. Any input / advice would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 05-20-2008, 10:38 AM   #2
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Hey fygar,

Did you harden the plants off before transplanting them outside? Sometimes when plants are only used to mild indoor conditions, they need a period of time to acclimate to outdoor conditions. So, you would put them outside for a little more time each day (starting with about an hour) for a week or so. Without this, both sunburn and windburn can be a problem and cause this white leaf that you're seeing...

You could wait for some new growth to appear and then at that point remove some of the white leaves.
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Old 05-27-2008, 07:59 AM   #3
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Alright, after we had planted them, my wife's mother suggested the same thing you did with hardening the plants. Woops!

Since planting, we've had four defenite casualties, but it appears the remaining four are gonna make it (I removed the dead / white leaves). Live and learn! Thanks for your input!
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That's great - I'm glad that you've got 4 hardy survivors
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Old 08-27-2008, 10:42 AM   #5
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Mine too

I hardened mine but a storm hit and jostled them around quite a bit the other night. Even the more mature ones are tunrning white. I live in the midwest.

I wondered if it could be a fungus also?

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you could try posting a picture and see if anyone here has an opinion about it...
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Old 09-05-2008, 04:36 AM   #7
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Tomato mites may be the reason. They may be infected by viruses. So better to treat them with nitrogen fertilizers. Supply a lot of water and add a cup of lime.
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Same thing!

We started with seeds and we are novice gardeners! Help. Nursing them from seeds is painful when there is a problem!

How do I post a pic on here?
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We definitely don't have mites.
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To upload an image, click on the 'gallery' link, then click the 'upload' link -- once you have uploaded the image, it should give you a snippet of bbcode (looks like: [IMG...][/IMG]) to put into your post to reference your image.

You can also upload your photo to flickr.com or photobucket.com, and include it in your post by noting the URL of the photo, and clicking the little mountain icon in the posting window, and pasting the photo's URL.
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