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Post  junequilt on 8/11/2010, 12:39 pm

One of my favorite tomato plants -- a volunteer that has thrived all summer and provided dozens of small, unbelievably tasty tomatoes -- is showing signs of wilt. Vey iz mir!

I just hope it doesn't spread to the other three tomatoes in the box. Anyone else out there with wilt? (I hope not.)


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Post  Chopper on 8/11/2010, 3:30 pm

Always. I have never, ever had a tomato plant that was not diseased in some way. Only when I went and saw my son't healthy green plants did I realize that it is possible. However, I am getting a great harvest so I can live with it.


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Post  junequilt on 8/11/2010, 4:15 pm

You and me both, Chopper. I really can't complain. We've had tomatoes coming out our ears for weeks! This is the first time in 19 years of gardening on our property that we've ever had such wonderful results. It's getting to the end of the season here so we're fighting various tomato diseases, tearing off yellowed and spotted leaves and trashing them, just trying to keep alive the plants that are still bearing. South Carolina summers are rough on tomatoes! This is the first sign of wilt, though, and I'm sad about losing one of my favorite plants.

Pessimistically speaking, depending on the type of wilt, it may have infested the soil in our box and the other three tomato plants may now succumb. Plus it doesn't bode well for planting tomatoes in that box ever again unless we completely replace the mix. Even then, the wilt could be lurking in the wood frame or floor and would then spread into the new mix.

Hubby says the crud came via our wheelbarrow. He had dug up some sand from our property and there was a small amount still in the bottom. We had a heavy rain, and he used the collected rainwater on that particular box.

So I'm just a little bummed. If all else fails, though, we can always use that box for non-solanaceous crops.


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Post  Megan on 8/12/2010, 8:03 pm

You guys are scaring me. My tomatoes were incredibly slow to start, as I started the from seed in-ground.... but they are looking fantastic. It's making me wonder what I am missing!


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