Topsy Turvy Tomato

Impatiens and Tomato Plants

Anonymous added on May 1, 2011 | Answered

I was told that I cannot plant impatiens on top of my upside-down patio garden container if I put tomato plants in the upside-down part to grow. The impatiens would supposedly taint and poison the tomatoes. Is that true?

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Answered on May 2, 2011

Actually yes. These plants are prone to certain diseases, such as impatiens necrotic rot and tomato spotted wilt virus, which when planted together or near one another can make them more susceptible to the diseases.

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