The Q&A Archives: Big Boy Tomatoes

Question: Last year I planted Burpee Big Boy Tomatoes. After they got to be about 1 foot high and started to blossom, either decay or an insect invaded them and the STALKS BECAME HOLLOW and the plants died. Do you know what caused this and the remedy?

Answer: Based on you description I suspect there may have been a problem with stalk borers. The best suggestions I can give you are to clean up and remove all of last year's plant debris, rotate your tomato planting so you do not plant tomatoes in the same location for at least three years, and keep a close eye on your plants this year so you can notice any problems before they have a chance to spread. These are general good gardening practices but can really help with controlling problems and keeping them from repeating from year to year.

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