7 Important Tips on How to Avoid Tomato Blight

One of the worst tomato diseases is blight. Learn how to avoid tomato blight so that you keep your crop and can enjoy tasty, juicy tomatoes every year.

Blight Resistant Tomatoes

Pick seed varieties that are more resistant to blight. Good seed catalogues should mention which seeds are resistant.

Cover the soil

Since blight is soil-borne make sure to cover your soil with a mulch to avoid soil splash on lower leaves.

Cover Your Tomato Plants

Keeping the rain off is key to having plants survive rain showers especially in late summer. Any kind of cover works over top of hoops or a wood frame.

Trim Lower Foliage

To avoid soil splash on lower leaves, prune them off. The plant will survive even if the bottom 1-2 feet of branches are removed.

Avoid Soil Splash When Watering

When watering, avoid having soil splash up on the plants. Water the surface of the soil gently by hand or use drip irrigation.

Cleanup Under the Plants

Pick up any yellowed or dried leaves or fallen tomatoes to keep the soil surface tidy which will help keep it free of disease.

 Baking Soda Spray

Make up a solution of 1 teaspoon baking soda to 1 quart or litre of water with a few drops of dishwashing liquid. Spray on leaves with a spray bottle.

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