Why are tomato leaves often twisted? Have you ever asked yourself this question? Today we will reveal the real motivation. All his fault.

Let's find out why tomato leaves are often twisted

If you have a small vegetable garden or garden and if you grow tomato plants, you will surely have observed a curious phenomenon: the leaves that twist. Why does this happen? Let’s find out together.

Tomatoes, how to grow them best

The tomato plant is among the most difficult to care for. It is not enough just to irrigate it in the correct way but also to fertilize it with the right nutrients. It is not true, however, that it grows well only in a vegetable garden or in a large garden. Even on the balcony of the house you can grow it and, if you follow some tips, also collect its delicious and pulpy fruits.

Tomato plant on balcony

Whether you want to try growing tomatoes in the vegetable garden, on the balcony or on the terrace, it does not matter. You must be aware of some rules that if not respected, will prevent your plant from growing and fruiting in the best way.

This is the vademecum that you should always keep in mind:

  • the tomato plant lives on water: water it several times a day in summer and once a day, every day, in spring;
  • the tomato plant needs light to grow: put it exposed in the direction of the sun’s rays;
  • you have to fertilize the tomato plant at least once every two weeks: in this way it will grow and bear fruit very quickly;
  • You have to bury the tomato plant deep: only in this way the roots will grow strong and able to absorb all the necessary nutrients.

Now that you have learned these rules, you just have to put them into practice and enjoy the results of your work. But first, we have another important point to address. Have you ever noticed that your beautiful tomato plants often have twisted leaves? Why does this curious phenomenon occur? That is the real motivation.

Why tomato leaves are often twisted: the motivation

If the leaves of your tomato plants curl or twist on themselves, the reason is essentially one. It’s all his fault, the dangerous white mite!

Have you ever heard of it? It is a pest that can cause so much damage to your tomato plant. White mites are tiny, almost invisible to the naked eye and yet your plant suffers greatly from their presence.

They lay eggs – also microscopic – on the underside of the leaves. They shy away from light, and feed on the leaves of tomato plants to which, through the bite, they transmit dangerous diseases and toxins. The latter lead the leaves to twist.

How to solve the problem? If you believe that there is an infestation in progress, the most appropriate thing to do is to intervene with an acaricide to prevent the plant from dying. Then proceed with a washing of the leaves using a mixture of water and baking soda.

To make it, you need to pour 2 tablespoons of baking soda into 300 ml of water at room temperature. Then pour the product into a nebulizer and spray the solution on the leaves.

Be sure to remove the white mites and eggs by passing on the tomato leaves a cotton pad soaked in the mixture of water and baking soda. Your plant should recover in a few days.

However, there are also other reasons that could lead tomato leaves to curl. For example, unstable weather can cause this phenomenon. The high temperatures and the scorching heat are not friends of the tomato: the leaves dry out and twist because the plant tries to defend itself to avoid further loss of water.

Herbicides can also provoke the phenomenon of curled tomato leaves. We are not necessarily referring to your herbicides (we trust in your ecological conscience!) but also to those used by a neighbor for his plants to get rid of  pests and weeds.

Tomato plant with curled leaves

The wind moves them into your soil hitting the tomatoes and making them sick. If you intervene suddenly by treating your plant with potassium and calcium supplements, you will be able to save it.

And have you ever heard of the so-called tomato virus? It is a disease that unfortunately does not allow the plant to survive. It has nothing to do with the white mites we talked about above.

In this specific case, you will unfortunately see your plant get sick quickly. Not only will the leaves twist but they will also begin to cover themselves with a white patina that will then spread over the stem.

Tomato virus is also dangerous for other plants. In case this disease should also arrive in your garden, you have only one solution to put into practice. You need to uproot the diseased plant and throw it away: this virus can be lethal even for cucumber, eggplant and zucchini plants.

That’s why tomato leaves are often twisted. The reasons we have indicated to you are the most dangerous for your plant. Take care of your tomatoes in the best way by following especially the suggestions we have given you.