Re: [tomato] dappling leaves

Terry King (
Sat, 28 Feb 98 00:01:13 -0600

On Fri, 27 Feb 1998 20:15:13 -0800, Ian Stoba and Laurie Mandigo-Stoba 

>>Is there a pattern to the dappling?  Are the veins green while the
>>intervein area
>>yellow?  Is it advancing up from the bottom of the plant or is it staying
>>on the
>>lower leaves?
>Yep, the veins are green, the intervein is yellow.  It is advancing up from
>the bottom.  The new leaves start dark green, and then change to the
>pattern.  Sounds like you know what this is;)  Please do tell!

One more question.  Are the older leaves wilting, drying up and falling off as 
this progresses?  If so then it may be fusarium wilt and the plants should be 

If not then and the leaves have a bronzy cast it could be potassium deficiency.  
If no bronzy cast and the plants are not actively growing then its a nitrogen 
deficiency.  I suggest feeding with a *regularly* a good fertilizer of your 
choice.  A small amount in every watering is probably better than larger 
feedings less often if they are in small pots.  Feed both the roots and the 
foliage for a more rapid cure.

I hope this helps.  Sometimes tomato problems are hard to diagnose so you 
have to try several different things.

Terry King                  North Central Eastern Washington        USDA zone 4, Sunset Zone 1