AboutPhoto: Courtesy UC Regents
Lesions appear as small dark green water soaked spots, irregular in shape, surrounded by yellowish tissue. Lesions expand and become purplish tissue.
Infected tubers develop brown decay. Can spread.
Late blight occurs commonly in coastal environments and sporadically elsewhere. The fungus inoculum can originate from seed tubers, cull piles, volunteers, closely related weed hosts, and adjacent plantings of nightshades such as potatoes or tomatoes that are affected.
High humidity (above 90%) and average temperatures in the range of 50°F to 78°F favor the disease.
Use certified plants and tubers.
Keep foliage dry during growing season.
Plant certified seed tubers.
Avoid sprinkler irrigation.
Destroy all tomato, potato, eggplant, and pepper debris after harvest.
Air circulation to facilitate the drying of foliage each day is important.
When late blight has developed on foliage and fruit or tubers are at a risk of infection, make sure that vines have been completely dead for two to three weeks before harvest as the fungus does not survive very long in dead foliage.