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problems with peppers and tomatos

Gardening Reference » Gardening in 2006
by mayasarah on May 19, 2006 05:01 AM
I have several tomato and pepper plants and they both are growing fine, but some of the leaves have swerly white lines on the leaves. Does anyone know what this is and how to get rid of it?
by Longy on May 19, 2006 06:23 AM
It sounds like it may be leaf miner. They're the larvae of a small moth which burrows under the 'skin' of the leaf. You may see some if you look closely.
They can be warded off by using whiteoil on the leaves, don't do this in the hot sun or the leaves will burn.
These critters don't actually cause much harm to the host plant as it's only leaves they affect, so you can do nothing if you don't mind a few squiggly leaves.
Ensure your tomatoes and peppers get a side dressing of potassium, this'll toughen the leaves up a bit and also help with flowering and fruit formation.

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