I grew a "Taxi" yellow tomato for the first time this year. Up until recently I was very pleased with the number of small, bright fruits it produced, and the sweet taste was outstanding. It was our first producer too. But now the plant has been completely taken down by blight, or something else. There is not a living branch. Sure, my tomatoes always catch some disease or other, like almost everyone's, but they always manage to hang on until frost. Not this guy. The thing that really puzzles me is I used brand new soil in this area of the garden. The other tomatoes are doing better, and some look like they are barely touched by blight. Strange.
The Incas (a hybrid plum) next to the Taxi also don't look good, but they're not dead (yet). And the taller heirlooms in the background are fine.
Well, that is definitely strange. I have early blight spreading in my tomato beds as well, but I'm finding that it's most prevalent on my Yellow Pear, Brandywine and Costoluto Geneovese so far. But my taxi tomatoes also haven't produced any ripe fruit yet. They are behind at least 5 other varieties in that regard although they are starting to yellow up a bit now. I'm hoping that your experience isn't foreshadowing the future of my plants.ReplyDelete
It is strange that my Taxi bore fruit so much sooner than yours is.Delete
it's not blight- both plants are Determinate varieties, which means plants die off as soon as fruit is fully grown and most of it is ripe. Indeterminate will keep generating new flowers/growing until frost kills them.ReplyDelete
Yes, they are determinates. But it's odd that I've never had a determinate die off so soon.Delete
I used to grow a variety of tomato that would put on tons of fruit and die young. But I've never grown taxi. I hope at least all your fruit ripen.ReplyDelete