Friday, September 04, 2009
late blight on eggplants
I don't think its very common to get late blight on eggplants. But it sure looks like Late Blight.
Late Blight mostly hits potatoes and tomatoes. I had a big patch of blighted potatoes that I cut down back in June (luckily the tubers are 90% fine). And then in July, I removed 13 of my 16 heirloom tomatoes, grown from seed I started way back in March :( These were badly infected with Late Blight.
I suppose this is what I get from leaving the last 3 tomato plants in the plot (San Marzano, Hillbilly and Purple Calabash). The tomato plants are big and healthy looking for the most part, but there are signs of blight. But about 25% of the tomatoes rot before ripening.
About 20% of my eggplants have rot. These go into the 'Blight Bag'. I don't know how I'll ever be able to pick it up - its very heavy an full!
About 20% of my peppers have it too. They look very much like the eggplants.
I'm seriously considering a Solanaceae-free plot next year. Ouch.