Curl Issue

Asked June 13, 2017, 8:34 PM EDT

Pics 2&3 are San Marzano. Pics 4&5 are Boxcar Willies. Pic # 5 sent separately. 3 1/2 weeks since transplanted in ground. Issue began 2 weeks ago. Top parts of plants affected. Symptoms continue. Full sun. No soil issues. Ortho Bug b gone applied to lawn 2 weeks before sod was removed. Miracle gro garden soil and bagged compost & manure from Walmart was added when garden area was tilled. What is causing the curling issue with plants. Thanks for your help. Your site would not allow me to send with photos attached. Let me know where I can send them.

Baltimore County Maryland

1 Response

See answer to Question 406895

Leaf curling may be caused by aphids, water and heat stress, herbicide drift, and a varietal characteristic.

We viewed your photos. This looks like possible herbicide damage on your tomatoes maybe from drift. See our website for more information and photos. See our website

You can monitor your tomatoes. It is possible that they can grow out of the damage. You may be able to do some minor pruning.
If the plants do not grow out of it, all you can do is replant. You may want to buy some plants at the garden center as a precaution.

You also sent a photo in Question #406964. There are aphids on the tomato foliage. They cause a downward leaf curling. However, this is secondary to the herbicide damage. Usually beneficial insects control the aphids. You can spray them with a strong stream of water from a hose.

See our publication on tomatoes and our Vegetable Profile