The Q&A Archives: Tomato Wilt

Question: My tomato plants begin wilting prematurely each year. Neighbors' plants are still healthy through August and September but mine begin to wilt in August. What could be causing this and what can I do to prevent it this year?

Answer: You probably have one of two common tomato wilt diseases, Fusarium or Verticillium. You can prevent or at least minimize the chances of suffering from these diseases by: 1. Growing only VFF tomatoes (the abbreviation is an indication that the varietyis resistant to Verticillium and 2 strains of Fusarium); the second F is important. 2. Rotating your crops. Do not plant tomatoes and related vegetables (potatoes, peppers, eggplant, tomatillo) in the same place within 4 years.

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