Identifying Tomato Curly Top Virus (CTV)

Photo credits: curly top disease - photo courtesy of http://ucanr.org/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=3352

Curly Top Virus *CTV) in tomato plant

Curly Top Virus (CTV) on tomatoes
Last year, the Beet Leafhopper which transmits ‘Curly Top Tomato Virus’ was rampant in our gardens and devastated many of our tomato plants. I lost only 4 plants out of 74 to it but only because I take extraordinary measures to protect them. Here is some information on the beet leafhopper.

leaf beet hopper

Beet Leafhopper is about 1/8 inch long and light green

 

The Beet Leafhopper flies in on the winds in early June through July, jump on the tomato plants and taste them. They don’t even like to eat tomato plants but sample them, transmitting the disease in the process, then fly off to visit other plants. For more info on how to identify it, symptoms and how to protect your plants go to this post on giantveggiegardener.com.

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