Spray application to counter tomato leaf mould

The equipment and techniques required to implement effective chemical control of the disease.
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Equipment and techniques

There is a wide variety of spray equipment, from manual Ripa sprayers to fully automatic, robotic systems, available to tackle tomato leaf mould.

Nozzle types

Spray volumes of up to 3,000 L/ha are used and flat-fan nozzle types should be first choice to provide good cover, because hollow-cone spray tips provide less crop penetration.

Spraying the plants

The disease is generally only found on the lower leaves and standard practice is to angle nozzles upwards, towards the infection point located mainly on the underside of leaves.

Many growers choose to target the new growth at the top of the plant. However, it is better to treat the whole plant if good coverage can be achieved. This can lead to suppression of spores on infected lower leaves while still protecting the new growth at the top of the plant.


Remember to check equipment – particularly the angle of hollow-cone nozzles – and the method of application to ensure the most effective coverage possible.

Useful links

Download a PDF version of the Tomato Leaf Mould Best Practice Guide Go to Tomato leaf mould: Control options Go to Tomato leaf mould: Chemical control and resistance management Go to Crop husbandry to help control tomato leaf mould Go to Tomato leaf mould: Resistant varieties

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Tomato leaf mould web pages originally authored by Sarah Maybe and Dave Kaye (RSK ADAS).


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