Tomato Plant Woe - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by Lburus76
May 2, 2010
I have a Bonnie Big Boy tomato in the ground for at least one month before I noticed sudden wilt and some yellowing leaves. I thought it may need water since the soil seems to dry out so quickly (coastal zone 9.) So I watered heavily. Days later I sullenly decided to pull it as it looked hopeless. Roots were almost non-existent and stems below ground had white sticky goo on them. What do you think

Answer from NGA
May 2, 2010
What you describe sounds like verticillium wilt and it is fatal to tomato plants. The root hairs become infected first and the disease travels up the stem, closing off the vascular system. This causes the leaves to wilt and the plant to die. The best defense is to rotate your tomato crops to different areas of your garden so the pathogens in the soil cannot affect the next year's plants. Sorry you lost your tomato plant!

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