, I started tomato seeds indoors last year, and they did really well after...

Asked January 15, 2015, 11:06 PM EST

, I started tomato seeds indoors last year, and they did really well after transplanting until half the plants had an almost instant wilting or blight. The seeds (Celebrity and Better Boy Hybrid) were VFN. I've had wilt before, too. Any thoughts on varieties for this year, or changes to the soil? Should I switch to pots? Also, many of my Marketmore 76 cucumbers had stunted fruit. Any thoughts? gorlang

Montgomery County Maryland vegetables tomato wilt

1 Response

Please take a look at this page from Common Problems-Vegetables, on the Grow It Eat It portion of our website http://extension.umd.edu/growit/vegetables/common-problems-vegetables If you then click on seedlings/transplants and then 'wilts' you may get some clues on your problem.
When we think of 'wilt', it is like collapsed plant tissue (like a wet rag), which can be caused by lack of water, allelopathy, like when plants are stunted or killed from growing within the roots of a black walnut tree, or from a root disease like fusarium.
'Blight' means something else, and can be very common and relatively manageable in our area.
As you may know, 'disease resistant' does not mean disease proof. We would suggest that you look for a VFN designation which has a subscript '1,2,3' after the 'F' for the highest level of disease resistance.
We'd also suggest taking a look at the info and photos on our IPM Tomatoes publication: http://extension.umd.edu/sites/default/files/_images/programs/hgic/Publications/HG56%20IPM%20Tomatoe... and the photos under Common Problems: http://extension.umd.edu/growit/vegetables/common-problems-vegetables
Finally, please feel free to contact us immediately here during the growing season (photos are a huge help) so we may assist.
The stunting of cucumbers is usually related to a pollinator problem.