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Dying/ wilting tomato plants after rain.

I have some grafted mighty red plants that after the recent rain have now wilted and will die. They were growing so well and just about ready to start picking but after 3 continuous days of rain are dying. I have been growing tomatos for 30 years and have not seen this although I lost a choko plant last summer in smiler circumstances. There are some rats in my veggie patch but I have not seen any activity this week. Tomatoes were not grown in this location last season. Any suggestions what has caused this please

Submitted: 08:01PM, 08 Jan 2016
Answer: Hi Paul,

This description does sound typical of bacterial wilt. Often heavy watering will disguise the damage done to the plant’s circulatory system, then as soon as the constant water supply stops, they will wilt rapidly, usually starting from the youngest leaves. If this sounds like your observations, unfortunately your best option is to avoid growing tomatoes or other solanaceous crops in that area for at least 2 years (if not longer). The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (QLD) has a helpful webpage on the topic ( Your local NSW Department of Primary Industries office should also be able to assist you with the latest advice on this disease as well as any similar diseases in your area that might be to blame, they may also offer pathology testing of your plants for a fee.

Wishing you all the very best in ridding your garden of this nasty disease for good.

Kind regards,

Yates Consumer Advice Horticulturalist

Answered: 09:57PM, 08 Jan 2016


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