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Q.greenish yellow thick hairy like structures on tomato vine

Zone Peachtree Corners, Georgia 3002 | dennys added on June 5, 2018 | Answered

I am not an experienced gardener but my tomato plants are starting to grow wildly with all this fabulous rain we rain we have been having in Georgia. I noticed this strange structure growing on one of my cherry tomato vines today. It is about two thirds of the way up on the vine, about an inch to inch and half in length and about 2 inches across on the vine. It isn’t anywhere else on the vine that I can tell. Anyone know what this is? Someone told me it may be above ground roots? If so, what should I do with them? They are too far above ground to get under soil. Thank so much!

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Answered on June 6, 2018

Bumps on tomato stems start as hundreds of tiny hairs up and down the stalk. Hairs can turn into roots when buried underground. Above ground, they form tiny nubs or nodules, also called root initials. They are the earliest stage of development of a tomato’s roots.
Most of the time, bumps are not harmful to tomato plants and are considered normal.
Make sure you are not overwatering your plants and that the soil is well draining.
Occasionally this condition can be a sign of other problems with the plants so keep an eye out for leaf spots and or wilting.


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