Re: [tomato] watering, etc.

Richard Yarnell (
Sun, 13 Jun 1999 14:00:38 -0700 (PDT)

Smokers aren't the only vector transmitting TMV from tobacco. And it isn't
the smoke.  It's the unburned tobacco and when TMV was more prevalent and
untreated at the source, it was the hands which had handled the tobacco.

I certainly wouldn't use a tobacco tea as an insecticide.  No heat
involved.  And yes, when we banished a hand who rolled his own from the
communal vegetable garden, the problem cleared up.

>I'm not sure that I believe tobacco mosaic virus is spread just by people
>who smoke.  In fact I'm sure I don't believe  that.  I think that's
>folktale.  The heat of the fire from the cigarette should negate that
>though I would be interested in being told why it might spread it.