What’s a tomato problem on the East Coast got to do with me?
You might wonder how tomato blight on the East Coast will affect your gardening practices? According to The TimesUnion.com Bonnie plants, the wholesale nursery where the blight was first found, has decided that next year, “the company will reduce the risk of blight attacking its plants by shipping only hybrid tomato seedlings, rather than heirloom tomato seedlings…” Yes, If you shop at one of the box stores that carry Bonnie Plants (they all do) your varietal selection was just reduced to hybrids. Can’t blame the company for wanting to do this, but if you like Heirloom tomatoes you had better shop somewhere else (hey nursery owners, did you just hear that? Huge opportunity next year).
According to The Gloucester Daily Times, to combat these types of problems “Bonnie Plants sprays seedlings before shipping them to stores, but that doesn’t happen after the plants arrive.” What are they sprying with? Bonnie advertises they are “going greener”. I don’t think the adevertise being organic? Never the less it would be prudent of the company to tell us what it is they are spraying the vegetable starts with. I don’t have a problem with this, but some people may.
I think these questions should be addressed by Bonnie, and their customers (the box stores) on their web sites. Why no mention of this, or what to do about it? It would help dispel rumors, which can sometimes be more damaging than the original problem.