? Wilt

Asked July 15, 2017, 2:26 PM EDT

Hi. I think I may have either wilt or blight in my tomatoes. Is there a way to confirm? If it's wilt what is the best soil treatment? I have read you can "bake" out by wrapping the garden soil in clear plastic. Thanks in advance!

Frederick County Maryland

1 Response

There are several reasons why tomatoes can wilt like this: root disturbance, lack of water, very hot weather, or a wilt disease. Fusarium wilt is the most common wilt disease in tomatoes in home gardens. There is really no cure for this, unfortunately. The best you can do is pull up the plant and discard it in the trash (do not compost it). If you can still find tomatoes at a nursery, there is still time to plant them. Put new plants in a different part of the garden (as fusarium can persist in the soil). In the future, look for tomato varieties that have fusarium resistance. https://extension.umd.edu/growit/fusarium-wilt-tomato-vegetables