Dreaded Tomato Wilt

How did I get Tomato Wilt?

What causes tomato wilt?

First cause of  tomato wilt is the lack of or excess water.  Make sure that you have good drainage.

Bacterial wilt can be diagnosed with a simple test. Remove the plant from the soil. Carefully rinse the roots and lower part of the stem. After rinsing is completed, cut out a section from the lowest part of the stem  just above the roots that is  four inches long.

Suspend the stem section in a jar of water and watch the bottom end for a cloudy, milky oozing substance.  This is the bacteria coming out of the infected plant.

  1. Fusarium Wilt
    Symptoms of fusarium wilt is the yellowing of the lower leaves.   It is a fungus.
  2. Root-Know
    A wormlike microorganism that feeds on the roots, causing galls, loss of feeder roots and induction of fungal root decay. Infected plants may be stunted and off-color.
  3. Southern Blight
    Rapidly wilting and death of the entire plant.  The fungus attacks the stem near the soil line and forms a white mold. Later in the season, mustardseed-like structures called sclerotia appear on the mold.
  4. Bacterial Wilt
    a.k.a.  as southern bacterial wilt, is a rapid collapse and death of the entire plant.
  5. Verticillium Wilt
    The verticillium wilt fungus, Verticillium albo-atrum, causes disease in the same manner as the fusarium wilt fungus. The margins of lower leaves are initially wilted, yellowed and necrotic, often in a V-shaped pattern
  6. Walnut Wilt
    Wilting of tomato plants may occur when they are planted near walnut or butternut trees.
  7. Spotted Wilt
    The tomato spotted wilt virus causes a disease sometimes referred to as spotted wilt. This disease occurs erratically but can sometimes cause devastating losses in some Tennessee tomato fields. Purple to bronze “freckles” and rings appear on leaves, stems and fruit. Leaves may be pale and plants stunted.
  8. Root Knot Nematodes

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