Disease impacting fig and possibly tomato plant!

Asked August 15, 2020, 9:22 AM EDT

In the last week, I’ve noticed my very healthy gig tree has dropped about half of its leaves. My baby fig is now discolored and it looks like my otherwise healthy tomatoes are now becoming discolored. Can you help me discern what is happening here and what can be done to remedy it? I was so excited about the health and plethora of figs but am now thinking I’m going to lose the figs (which I can live with), but I want to keep this gorgeous tree healthy! Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!

Montgomery County Maryland

1 Response

Hi- the tomato plant is infected with Septoria leaf spot, a very common fungal disease that is encouraged by hot, humid, wet weather (does not affect fig).
Please read more about it:
https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/septoria-leaf-spot-vegetables

You may also enjoy a recent blog article on tomato:
https://marylandgrows.umd.edu/2020/06/19/tomato-tips-2020/

There are several diseases that can cause leaf spot symptoms- leaf blight, anthracnose, Cercospora, fig rust- but we can't say for sure, based on the photos, that your tree has a disease issue. Fig diseases tend not to be a serious problem in MD. The spots, yellowing, and other discolorations could have been caused by environmental conditions and plant stress. Rake up and dispose of all fallen leaves at the end of the season. Let us know if symptoms worsen.
Jon