The four growth stages of a tomato plant are establishment, growth, flowering and ripening. Each stage is vital for a healthy plant. More »

The botanical name for the tomato plant is Lycopersicon esculentum. It is a member of the Solanaceae family, also known as the nightshade family, which includes potatoes, peppers, paprika, petunias, tobacco, and the pois... More »

Signs of tomato plant diseases include halted growth, yellowing leaves, premature fruit ripening, dark spots on leaves, leaf curling and white scabby lesions on tomatoes. Symptoms vary according to the type of infection ... More »

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