I’m always so hopeful when I plant my new tomatoes, but dread seeing first signs of leaf fungus on the bottom leaves. I’ve been blasting the plants with my hose in the morning so they can dry during the day, but I’m going to try an aspirin treatment this year.
Aspirin for tomatoes; hmmm, interesting thought, and it makes a lot of sense. Salicylic acid in aspirin is said to produce more blooms so fruit production is up. Another reason to treat with aspirin is to boost your plant’s immune system. Couldn’t hurt, so what the heck!
There are two ways to administer the aspirin to your plants.
1) When you are getting ready to plant, toss an aspirin into the bottom of the hole and cover with a little dirt so your plant roots don’t have direct contact with the aspirin, preventing burn. I might even go so far as to say it would be optimal if you crush the aspirin before you throw it into the hole.
2) If you’ve already planted, all is not lost. You can also administer the aspirin as a foliar spray by adding one aspirin to a gallon of lukewarm water and spraying on your tomato plants. It doesn’t have to be a heavy soaking, just spray it on.
Use uncoated, inexpensive aspirin for this garden job. Lukewarm water is better than cold so you don’t shock your plants when you spray. Morning would be the best time to administer so the leaves dry off promptly.
I’m going to try it. Maybe tomorrow….
Here’s some more tomato planting and growing info that I found interesting, so you might, too: How to Plant a Tomato