Yep, that's right. I have euthanized my first tomato of the season. My Opalka. I have heard it is a nice paste tomato. Unfortunately, I cannot vouch for that since I have never eaten one.
|First casualty of the season.|
|This is a new one for me. Any ideas what this is?|
- I always get more than a few tomato diseases. But they never take out a plant this early in the season. Even the year I painstakingly started 14 different heirlooms from seed, planted them in the garden, and then learned what fusarium wilt was (sob!!) I got tomatoes. I did not get a single one from this Opalka.
- Number one (above) is even more surprising because I am actually trying to control disease this year. The plan was that they would last even longer this year, not die sooner.
- I have no clue what this disease is. I am not an expert by any means but this one has me stumped. From the get go the plant had somewhat droopy branches. Not wilted mind you, just not perky and erect like the rest. I thought maybe it was just the Opalka growth habit (and it may be). Then it started showing black spots and brown veins on the top leaves. These then yellowed and died. This then moved down the plant.
- Even more perplexing, there is another tomato very close that is pretty healthy.
|Healthy Snow Storm right behind the sick Opalka.|
This is the second year I have planted Opalka and the second year it has done poorly. Last year the tree trimmers dropped a huge limb in the garden and Opalka was one of the casualties. This year, disease. I am pretty bummed because I have heard such wonderful things about Opalka.
How many times will I try to grow this one before I accept it is not meant to be?