Tomato blight identification on fruit and what to do. Time-lapse

September 25, 2009

Tomato blight is weather-dependent and can be devastating during wet summers. Watch out for signs on outdoor tomatoes, which are most at risk; glasshouse tomatoes are less likely to become infected though the spores are carried in the wind and will enter through open windows and doors.

Tomato blight on leaf

Tomato blight on leaf

Early Blight can affect the foliage, stems and fruit of tomatoes.

Symptoms: Dark spots with concentric rings develop on older leaves first. The surrounding leaf area may turn yellow.

Affected leaves may die prematurely, exposing the fruits to sun scorching.
Management: Early Blight fungus overwinters in plant residue and is soil-borne. It can also come in on transplants. Remove affected plants and thoroughly clean fall garden debris. Wet weather and weak stressed plants increase the likelihood of attack. Copper and/or sulfur sprays can prevent further development of the fungus
Late Blight is caused by a fungus, Phytophthora infestans. It’s the same disease that led to the Irish potato famine almost 150 years ago.

The disease is not directly harmful to people as it only infects potatoes, tomatoes, and some related weeds, but it is not advised to eat the infected fruit or tubers.
It is important to catch any tomato disease early, before it spreads to all of your tomato plants and possibly other plants in the same family, such as potatoes, eggplants and peppers.
Look for brown, rapidly spreading patches on leaves and stems. The fruit, too, may show firm, quickly spreading brown patches followed by rotting. Infected parts die rapidly.
Destroy infected plants; but do not compost them as the plant residue is soil-borne and will spread the disease to your next years crop.
Late blight needs living plant tissue to survive, so infected tomato plants should be destroyed as soon as the disease is identified. In small gardens, this means removing plants in trash bags and sending them to the landfill;

By Time-lapse by Neil Bromhall

I have made an on-line interactive plant finder, identifier and pruning guide web site. which I hope you find interesting.

It has over 3,600 garden plants, 10,000 photographs plus time lapse sequences and each plant has in-depth plant care and illustrated pruning advice.

The plant database is continuing to grow.  If you have good quality photographs of garden plants that are not not already on the database I’d like to hear from you with an interest of adding it to the collection.

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Akebia quinata fruit. Chocolate vine

September 16, 2009
Akebia quinata flower

Akebia quinata flower

Akebia quinata

Common name: Chocolate Vine (5 leaflets)

A fast growing semi-evergreen twining woody vine, with lovely, lush green rounded leaves with 5 leaflets, underside of leaves blue-green colour, tinged purple in winter.

Produces clusters of small trailing chocolate purple coloured spicy, vanilla fragrant flowers. The small three petaled flowers bloom from March to April.

Akebia quinata seed pods

Akebia quinata seed pods

After a long hot summer the 5 inch – 9cm long purple-violet sausage shaped edible fruits split open when ripe in early autumn.

Akebia quinata spliting seed pod

Akebia quinata splitting seed pod

Two varieties of Akebia must be planted in order to obtain fruits.

An unusual and delightful climbing plant.

Fully hardy can withstand temp down to -15°C

Akebia quinata seeds

Akebia quinata seeds

Lightly cover the seeds with a mixture of loamy soil and coarse sand.

Keep lightly moist.  May take 1 – 3 months to gernminate.

Fast growing.  Full sun or partial sun. Hardy to 24 degrees.

* Common name: Chocolate Vine.

* Position: Sun or partial shade.

* Soil: Moist yet well drained, fertile soil.

* Hardiness: Hardy. Akebia quinata is semi-evergreen and will drop its leaves in a cold winter.

* Flowering Period: April – May.

* Rate of Growth: Vigorous.

* Habit: Large climbing plant which requires support as it will not self-cling. Height: 8 – 10 m (26 – 32 ft) Spread: 2 m (6 ft)

* Notes: Akebia quinata is ideal for climbing up trellis or supporting wires on a wall or fence.

For more planting advice please see my interactive plant identification and pruning guide website

Time-lapse of Artichoke flower

September 12, 2009

Here is a time-lapse of an Artichoke flower. I think it’s fascinating.

Filmed on a 35mm Nikon D300 digital camera.

Filmed over a period of two days


Filmed for my interactive plant identification and pruning guide website

Time-lapse of flowers and plants by Neil Bromhall

September 12, 2009

I add my time-lapses of plants, vegetables, flowers etc. to Youtube. I hope you find the different flower shapes and designs interesting.

I think that the artichoke flower fascinating.

Filmed for my interactive plant finder, identification and pruning guide website