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Old May 17, 2016   #16
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That doesn't look like what I had or what my mother had. Ours looked just like herbicide damage,yours looks like it's nutritional or something else.
Maybe take a leaf or even plant to the extension office for proper ID.
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Old May 18, 2016   #17
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I agree, that is probably not a virus, most likely too much rain. As mentioned above, I would get a diagnosis from an extension agent if possible (Texas A&M?) before you make any decisions. Some diagnosis by extension agents are better than others, but they always have the advantage of DXing from a live plant rather than a photo.

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Old May 19, 2016   #18
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I would love for it to be a nutritional issue, any ideas what would do that? They appear to be getting worse though... It's not so much leaves curling as the actually plants look deformed.
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I have 12 tomatoes in my greenhouse, about 6 different varieties and they all look like this. They've been planted out about 1 - 1.5 months and are roughly 12-18" tall. New foliage curls from the leave edges toward the center vein. Purpl'ish leaves and veins also.

Peppers are acting similar, and are planted right next to the tomatoes. Small, deformed, twisted foliage very stunted growth. The peppers were started in Feb. and looked great until plant-out. They are 3 mo. old and are about 6" tall.

Potatoes were looking awesome until last week, now the new leaves on them are also curling from the edges inward, and the leaves seem to never fully develop.

After using Eight insect dust on everything, and examining leaves under 60x magnification, I'm convinced that my new greenhouse / raised beds are contaminated with herbicide residue from the cities compost that I used. I filled each raised bed with 1/2 compost, 1/2 top soil, then tilled.

I started an experiment last night. Filled 3 4" pots with soil from raised bed, filled 3 others with bagged potting mix. I planted 2 bean seeds in each set of containers and put in basement under grow lights. If there is any herb. reside in the soil, the beans should show it; supposedly legume family is highly susceptible to herb.

UGH, I went through this same ordeal last season; lawn company spray drifted onto garden. Disappointed to say the very least, considering my brand new $6k greenhouse and horrid looking plants.

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Oh no! Not to be a downer but curly top can affect tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, squash, cucumbers, melons, spinach, beets and beans... Some of my peas are looking curled and odd but I don't know if it's just paranoia at this point. Let me know how your experiment turns out.
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Here is a link to the extension system in Texas: http://plantclinic.tamu.edu I would look up your county office on this website and call them. With that many plants I would want to know for sure what this is so you can either save them or prevent the issue in the future. I've used our services here in Alabama several times and they are great to work with. Not sure about the Texas system, but it would be a good place to start!
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Yeah I really do need to check with our extension agent. Thank you for the link!
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That is a hard lesson to learn and many can learn from this. It is a good practice where possible to pre test compost, manure etc for herbicides by germinating some ordinary beans in a sample before adding it to your garden. Beans grow fast and will show stunting and other very obvious deformity in the presence of herbicides so it is a pretty good and easy test anyone can do Inexpensively.. If the beans germinate and grow properly from the start your compost is good to add to the garden. Youdo not have to grow the beans to full maturity you will see a problem in a little seedlings right away

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I have 12 tomatoes in my greenhouse, about 6 different varieties and they all look like this. They've been planted out about 1 - 1.5 months and are roughly 12-18" tall. New foliage curls from the leave edges toward the center vein. Purpl'ish leaves and veins also.

Peppers are acting similar, and are planted right next to the tomatoes. Small, deformed, twisted foliage very stunted growth. The peppers were started in Feb. and looked great until plant-out. They are 3 mo. old and are about 6" tall.

Potatoes were looking awesome until last week, now the new leaves on them are also curling from the edges inward, and the leaves seem to never fully develop.

After using Eight insect dust on everything, and examining leaves under 60x magnification, I'm convinced that my new greenhouse / raised beds are contaminated with herbicide residue from the cities compost that I used. I filled each raised bed with 1/2 compost, 1/2 top soil, then tilled.

I started an experiment last night. Filled 3 4" pots with soil from raised bed, filled 3 others with bagged potting mix. I planted 2 bean seeds in each set of containers and put in basement under grow lights. If there is any herb. reside in the soil, the beans should show it; supposedly legume family is highly susceptible to herb.

UGH, I went through this same ordeal last season; lawn company spray drifted onto garden. Disappointed to say the very least, considering my brand new $6k greenhouse and horrid looking plants.

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I have a few plants that are doing something similar to this. I'm thinking it nutritional, overwatering or them being root bound. There isn't any discoloring as far as I can see. I will be planting out tomorrow or Sunday at the latest. What do you guys think?





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I have a few plants that are doing something similar to this. I'm thinking it nutritional, overwatering or them being root bound. There isn't any discoloring as far as I can see. I will be planting out tomorrow or Sunday at the latest. What do you guys think?





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And I know it isn't herbicides. There is almost no chance of drift and more plants would be affected. They have been in the same flat for a month or two.
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This is definitely something that an extension service agent should look at. I'm next door in Shreveport so it would help me to know too if it shows up here. Try to see an actual extension specialist and not the master gardener that often answers the phone, this really warrants attention.
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Old May 22, 2016   #28
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I have beautiful dark green plants 5 ft. here in South Carolina.Garden is in far back of yard, no herbicide for mile or more.On 4 plants the extreme new growth is curling in on itself.Like you would crumble a piece of paper.Curling has been there 10+s days and leaves are not dying.Not yellow, not dying just distorted looking.
Please any info.will be greatly appreciated.
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