The Q&A Archives: Tomato Wilt

Question: This year almost all the tomatoes in the Rio Grande area in the middle of New Mexico grew well and bloomed then as fruit was starting the leaves shriveled and the plant died. Do you have seed that is resistant to this problem? Is it marked in the catalog? Is there a simple solution that can be done?
Interesting that the cherry tomatoes did well, some had a little wilt but they produced heavily till the frost.

Answer: Tomatoes are susceptible to verticillium wilt and fusarium wilt, which are soil-borne fungi. You can plant varieties that are bred to be resistant--they have a V or an F after their names on seed packets or in catalog descriptions. Perhaps the cherry variety you planted was wilt-resistant.

Be sure to rotate your crops every year, not planting the same thing in the same place so that plant-specific diseases don't have a chance to build up in the soil. Good luck!

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