Wilted Tomato Plants - Knowledgebase Question

Sherwood, AR
Question by sklittle
June 11, 2000
Gentlemen:
We have a large garden (80 tomato plants) and the tomatoes have been healthy and bushy and have had plenty of water. The ground is not dry. They are in cages. Just today we noticed that about 12 of them are drooping and wilting as if they are dying. What could be the cause of this and what should we do about it?

Sincerely
Sherry Little


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Answer from NGA
June 11, 2000

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afternoon, and by morning recover, and this cycle continues
until an entire side or stalk of the plant has wilted. Yellowing
seldom occurs -- leaves and stalks just wilt and curl up. If
you open a stem, it'll be filled with oozing slime (yuk!).

Prevention is the only "cure" for these bacterial wilts. Use
resistant and disease-free varities, and clean up all plant
debris at the end of a season.

I wish I could be more hopeful for you, but at this point, I would suggest pulling the wilted plants and destroying them. Perhaps the disease will not spread to the rest of the plants. Good luck! afternoon, and by morning recover, and this cycle continues
until an entire side or stalk of the plant has wilted. Yellowing
seldom occurs -- leaves and stalks just wilt and curl up. If
you open a stem, it'll be filled with oozing slime (yuk!).

Prevention is the only "cure" for these bacterial wilts. Use
resistant and disease-free varities, and clean up all plant
debris at the end of a season.

I wish I could be more hopeful for you, but at this point, I would suggest pulling the wilted plants and destroying them. Perhaps the disease will not spread to the rest of the plants. Good luck!

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