A new insect pest is attacking tomatoes, potatoes and related crops in New Zealand gardens. The tomato/potato psyllid is from North America. It was first found in New Zealand in 2006, and is spreading throughout the country. The tomato/potato psyllid breeds mainly on plants in the Solanaceae (potato and tomato family), but can also attack some species of Convolvulaceae (kumara … Read More

Every year in October many thousands of tomato plants are planted in the hope that a great crop will be harvested. Ripe tomato fruits come in red, yellow, orange, pink or white and round, flat plum or pear shaped. Some may even develop unusual protuberances. Size varies from a 2-3cm diameter in the small cherry tomatoes to approximately 10cm in … Read More