What is the solution to vine plants wilting and then dying?

Asked June 24, 2019, 12:33 PM EDT

Every vine plant (melons, squash, zucchini) I plant start out great. Then they wilt and die. Someone suggested "vine borers" and a solution to not plant for three years? Is there anything you can suggest?

Carroll County Maryland

1 Response

Different things can cause wilting. Assuming the plants are not be over-watered or under-watered, the wilting could be caused by disease or insects, or both.

On our website homepage, click on Topics, then Vegetables. Then Crops. https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/crops

There is a write-up on the culture of each individual crop (zucchini would be in the Summer squash section). Plus a list of problem insects and diseases that infect that crop, with solutions for each.

Squash often gets vine borers that cause wilting and death. But, they can also get cucumber beetles which then give the disease of bacterial wilt to the squash. So, read about all three of these in the squash section (There is also a winter squash section, if you have that kind of squash.)

For melons, there is both a cantaloupe and watermelon section.