How to Stop Curly Top Disease on Tomatoes

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Curly top is a common disease found on tomato plants in a garden. Find out how to stop Curly top disease on tomatoes with help from a garden teacher and expert in this free video clip.

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Video Transcript

Hello, my name is Jessica Craven. I'm a master gardener and I have my certification in permaculture design. We are going to talk a little bit about curly top disease. And basically it'll look like your plant's starting to wilt. The leaves are staring to curl that type of thing. Sometimes you'll think gosh this is happening because I haven't been watering my plants enough. They look distressed, they look like they are dried out. And then you'll be a little bit investigative, start to feel the ground. Realize through observation that the soil is moist and think that's not what it is. What this is is curly top leaf disease basically. And how your plants get this is from an insect. And this insect is the beet leaf hopper. And essentially what it's doing is it's hopping from one plant that has the disease it's going to your plant. And it's basically feeding off this plant and passing the disease on. Once your plant has curly leaf disease you can't cure it of it. You know perhaps you could cut off those leaves that are infected if it hasn't spread to the whole plant and stop it. But basically if your whole plant has it you've got it. What you need to do is think of ways to prevent it. Of course you know keep mindful observation on your tomatoes plants or your pepper plants. As soon as you see signs of it start to cut off disease plant material. Another way you can do, what you can do is prevent it by putting a shade cloth over it. The reason is the insects of course don't like the shade so then they won't be going to your plant. The only side problem is is that you might have a little bit of less in growth. So these are some tips and tricks for dealing with curly leaf disease.


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