Tomato Plants Die Early - Knowledgebase Question

Oxford, MI
Question by penguin82
May 10, 1999
Why do our tomato plants die off early--they seem to dry up after the first few days of harvest?


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Answer from NGA
May 10, 1999

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strain is specific to a different type of plant. Fusarium Wilt will stay indefinitely on plant debris or in the soil. It enters the plants through the roots and can be spread by seeds,tools, soil and plants. It spreads via the water-conducting vessels in the plant. When these vessels get clogged it prevents nutrients from getting to the leaves and fruit.

There is no control available. You need to destroy the infected plants. The best solution is to rotate the crops (don't plant the same crop in the same place each year) and use plants that are resistant to fusarium wilt. This will be indicated on the plant descriptions and seed packs. If neither of these fit all of your symptoms, please write again with more detail. strain is specific to a different type of plant. Fusarium Wilt will stay indefinitely on plant debris or in the soil. It enters the plants through the roots and can be spread by seeds,tools, soil and plants. It spreads via the water-conducting vessels in the plant. When these vessels get clogged it prevents nutrients from getting to the leaves and fruit.

There is no control available. You need to destroy the infected plants. The best solution is to rotate the crops (don't plant the same crop in the same place each year) and use plants that are resistant to fusarium wilt. This will be indicated on the plant descriptions and seed packs. If neither of these fit all of your symptoms, please write again with more detail.

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