Vegetable Problems Caused by Nonliving Factors

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Updated: December 2, 2021

IPM - Prevent, Identify, and Manage Plant Problems

How to ID, prevent, and manage plant problems in Maryland using IPM
no lawn landscape
Updated: October 15, 2021

Low Yields or Undersized Vegetables

Factors such as low soil fertility and hot, dry weather can result in small vegetable growth and poor yields.
Tiny sungold tomato
Updated: October 15, 2021

Vegetables Not True to Type

Sometimes an odd-looking squash or other vegetable shows up in the backyard garden. There a few explanations for that.
Updated: October 5, 2021

Pollination Problems of Vegetables

Twisted or deformed squash and other vegetables can be the result of insufficient pollination.
deformed zucchini squash
Updated: September 30, 2021

Stunted Growth of Vegetable Seedlings

Many factors cause poor growth of vegetable seedlings or transplants.
stunted young pepper plant
Updated: September 30, 2021

Whitened Leaves of Vegetables

Temperatures can injure vegetable leaves if they dip below 32° F.
cold damage on vegetable transplant
Updated: July 19, 2021

Blossom End Rot on Vegetables

Blossom-end rot is a common nutritional disorder of tomato, pepper, eggplant, pumpkin, squash, and watermelon that is caused by a shortage of calcium in enlarging fruits.
rotting of the bottom end of tomatoes
Updated: June 16, 2021

Bumps or Swelling on Vegetable Stems

Bumps and swelling on the stems of vegetable plants can look suspicious but it is often normal root growth. These are called adventitious roots.
short, stubby roots growing on a tomato plant stem
Updated: June 1, 2021

Yellowing Leaves on Vegetable Plants

Yellowing leaves are a plant symptom that can be caused for many reasons. Taking a closer look can help determine the reason.
natural yellowing of older bottom leaves of kale
Updated: May 18, 2021

Deformed Root Crop Vegetables

Sometimes root crops like carrots become deformed as they grow in the backyard garden.
Stubby carrots