Safer® Brand Tomato and Vegetable Insect Killer, RTU
- Targets and kills aphids, asparagus beetles, bean beetles, cabbage loopers, caterpillars, Colorado potato beetles, cucumber beetles, diamond-backed moth, flea beetles, imported cabbage worms leaf hoppers, plant bugs, tomato hornworm and whiteflies
- Kills insects on contact but is gentle on your plants
- OMRI Listed® and compliant for use in organic gardening
What's in the Box:
- 1 Ready-to-use spray bottle
- 32 fl oz RTU spray
- Contains pyrethrins (.012%) and potassium salts of fatty acids (1.015%)
- All About
All About Growing Tomatoes
Growing tomatoes can be a fun and rewarding activity. As seedlings are planted in the spring, gardeners are often already dreaming of those plump, juicy tomatoes fresh from the garden all summer long.
Safer® Brand provides the know-how and great tips for growing delicious tomatoes. Growing tomatoes organically with these instructions and tips means your family can enjoy them without worry in sandwiches, sauces and all kinds of great recipes! Happy growing!
- Control Options
Pest and Disease Control of Tomatoes
What's Bugging your Tomatoes?
Are there holes in the leaves of your plants or tiny little creatures on the leaves and stem? Maybe you can even see big beetles resting on the leaves and eating them? For insect troubles, use Safer® Brand Tomato & Vegetable Insect Killer. It is an OMRI Listed® pesticide that utilizes the dual action of soap and pyrethrin for use in organic vegetable gardening.
If you fear your trouble is with leaf feeding worms or caterpillars, try a more targeted approach. Garden Dust and Caterpillar Killer (liquid concentrate) are Safer® Brand’s OMRI listed products with Bt. (Bacillus thuringensis var. Kurstaki) which targets these leaf eating caterpillars.
Common Tomato Diseases
Blossom End Rot - Irregular watering or not enough calcium or nutrients in the soil can lead to blossom end rot. Blossom end rot is large brown spots at the bottom of the tomato plant that ultimately leaves them inedible. Tomatoes that touch or grow in the soil will likely develop this issue as well. It is not a disease, rather a physiological disorder. Mulching, regular watering, and fertilization will eliminate or at least reduce the likelihood of this issue arising. Have your soil tested for calcium deficiency if it continues to be a problem.
Leaf Spot – (Early Blight, Late Blight and Septoria Leaf Spot) Leaf Spot diseases for tomatoes show as dark brown spots with dark concentric rings on the leaves.
Fruit Rot – (Anthracnose, Early Blight and Late Blight) Fruit rot shows on the fruit of the plant and develops as early rotting fruit on the vine. This typically occurs when the fruit touches the soil.
Management of Diseases - Consistent watering practices and a sunny location with good air circulation will help prevent these diseases, but if they occur, use Safer® Brand Garden Fungicide to eliminate them. It is an OMRI Listed® sulfur based fungicide that can be used up to the day of harvest on tomatoes and other vegetables. (Just wash your veggies as you normally would before eating) It will kill the disease on contact and prevent additional outbreaks of the disease for about 30 days by changing the pH of the plant so the disease cannot thrive.
When leaf spot is present, remove the damaged leaves from the plants but do not remove more than 30% of the plant's leaves at one time. If the problem is attacking more than 30% of the leaves, remove only up to 30% of the worst affected leaves, spray garden fungicide and repeat the process in about 10 days.
Important! When using any pesticide products test the plant for sensitivity in a small area and wait 24 hours to make sure the plant is unharmed before using the product on the full plant.
- Why Organic
The benefits of an organic regimen in your lawn and garden are exponential! In addition to helping improve the environment an organic lifestyle can provide mental and physical benefits, long-term money-savings, and increased vitamin and mineral content in your soil, among other things.
Expert Tips for a Beautiful Garden Full of Tomatoes!
Gardening can be a very rewarding and healthy undertaking. By using products and methods that comply with organic gardening standards, plants grow better, insect pests can be controlled, plant diseases can be eliminated, and lush harvests can be enjoyed!
Mulch & Weed Control
Add mulch to the area around your planted tomatoes to reduce weeds, and keep moisture and nutrients in the soil. Adding Concern® Weed Prevention Plus® to the soil when planting will further prevent weeds from germinating.
Preventing weed growth is important because weeds can rob the tomatoes of moisture, light and nutrients. Weeds can also harbor insect pests and disease. If weeds are a problem in your garden, try Safer® Brand Fast Acting Weed & Grass Killer. It is an herbicidal soap for use in organic gardening that knocks down weeds within hours and only kills what you spray it on. It won’t move through the soil to nearby plants, and it can be used up to the day of harvest around tomato plants and other vegetables.
Water tomato plants very regularly and keep the soil moist. Irregular watering can lead to cat facing which is when a tomato has a crack down the center of it. A cat-faced tomato can still be eaten but isn’t as attractive.
Water tomato plants in the morning so the moisture can dry during the day. If you must water in the evening, make sure to water at least 2 hours before the sun goes down to prevent very damp conditions during the night hours. Damp conditions overnight can lead to fungal issues.
Water tomatoes at the stem and in the surrounding soil. Do not water the full plant and leaves as only the roots need water to thrive. Watering the leaves may also lead to fungal disease problems.
Harvest tomatoes when they are fully ripe for best flavor and nutrition. If there is a great concern about critters eating the fruit of your labor before you get a chance to, try our sister product – Havahart® Critter Ridder® to keep the animals away. It is also OMRI Listed® for use in organic fruit and vegetable gardening.
Also, harvesting a tomato just before it is fully red can keep critters away too. Let the tomato ripen fully on your window sill inside before eating.
FAQs About Insects in Your Tomato Garden
Q: My plant leaves look chewed! Do you know what type of insect might do that?
A: Insects that have the ability to chew plants must have special cutters in their mouths for this purpose. Such insects may include caterpillars, beetles, and grasshoppers, for example.
Q: If I use a floating row cover, how will bees and pollinating insects reach the plants?
A: They won’t be able to so you will need to pollinate them yourself by hand. Check with your local garden center or farm supply store to find out how to hand pollinate them. You may want to remove the row covers during times of insect pollination.
Q: How do I know if my plant is being attacked by an insect or a disease?
A: If it’s an insect, the plant may have holes in its leaves. Turn the leaves over and you may see the insects themselves clustered on the underside of the leaves. You may also see and feel a sticky substance if it’s an insect because the insect will leave a secretion on the plant.
Q: I have really big larvae in my garden, and my neighbor says they are Tomato Hornworms. They are attacking my tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants. How do I get rid of them?
A: B.t. (Bacillus Thuringiensis) is an excellent way to get rid of them. It actually works on most caterpillars. When the worm ingests the B.t., it works as a gut rot poison that makes the worm stop feeding. The tomato hornworm will stop feeding and die within days.