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Pensacola, Fl.
Dec 2, 2017 10:24 AM CST
I have a weird question....we built a new house in Pensacola, FL 3 years ago..., we had a small garden plot set aside beside the house to grow tomatoes....every year we start from seed...disease and wilt resistant....plant and watch careful. They grow beautiful, set on early and the tomatoes start getting red...plants are about 3 foot tall and one morning they are wilting some, we water, they look better then it happens again, until one morning they are on the ground and we pull them up. This has happened 3 years and we have done all the wilt remedies from the internet...including taking out the sandy soil and replacing with garden soil. The house is a new build and we have 8 large live oaks in the yard, but all at least 30 foot from the garden spot....could this be from a building material or a parasite from the trees??? Is there another remedy you can think of??? We have always grown tomatoes everywhere we have lived and never had this happen before!!! HELP!!!

Thanks for any help you can give us.

Jan Porterfield
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
Not all who wander are lost
Garden Sages Plant Identifier
Dec 2, 2017 11:40 AM CST
Is your foundation new concrete? It may be your foundation is leaching lime into your garden plot, raising the Ph too high for tomatoes to grow. Find a Ph test kit and test the soil in your tomato patch.
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Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
Sunset zone 22, USDA zone 10 A.
Charter ATP Member Hummingbirder Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Orchids Region: California Plant Identifier
Dec 2, 2017 12:50 PM CST
Some parts of Florida also have nematode issues in the soil. That could be the problem. When you pull the plants are the roots full of knots? That would indicate root knot nematodes.

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