Re: [tomato] dappling leaves

Ian Stoba and Laurie Mandigo-Stoba (
Sat, 28 Feb 1998 09:42:56 -0800

>This could be a virus, such as Tobacco mosaic virus.  Do you or any of your
>guests smoke then visit the garden?  Or take cigarettes or cigars to the
>garden and handle your plants?  It can be transmitted by smoke or by smoked
>hands.  Cut off a branch and take it to your county agent for positive ID.
>If it is a virus, you need to rogue it out and put the plant in your trash.
>other viruses can be transmitted by aphids or whiteflies.  Your healthy
>plant may already be infected and not show it yet.  Good luck (at least
>it's very early in the season)...Margaret

Thanks for the warning.  I'm pretty sure that it couldn't be mosaic virus,
but I will watch them very carefully and get rid of them if they start to
decline.  We don't smoke, and the seedlings are still indoors under lights,
so their environment is quite controlled.  But if they don't turn around
pretty quickly, I think it might be best to trash them instead of taking
additional chances with those younger seedlings on the opposite side of the
grow lights.  Thanks again.