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Cathie Rowand | The Journal Gazette
Wilted tomato plant might be caused by too much rain or various other reasons.

Tomato wilts; not sure what to do

A couple of my tomato plants have wilted. I am a successful gardener mostly by pure luck so I really don't know why I am having problems.

My neighbors are having the same problem with their tomato plants. The only thing I can think of is that all this rain is causing some sort of fungus but I don't see anything on the plant.

Checking a website from the Extension in Lancaster County, http://lancaster.unl.edu/hort/articles/2002/tomatowilt.shtml, the possible causes are lack of water, vascular wilts, tomato spotted wilt virus, walnut toxicity, or stalk borers. Most of these problems don't have a solution.

My neighbor is spraying her plants with Neem, a botanical insecticide that has a low degree of toxicity and is considered almost nontoxic to humans and animals. It is also completely biodegradable.

I have walnut trees in my yard but for years this hasn't been a problem, although maybe this is going to be a problem this year. Last summer, with the drought, the squirrels buried their walnuts in my garden because the ground in the rest of the yard was hard. I have been pulling out tiny walnut trees growing up from the buried nuts.

I probably am going to have to pull out the affected plants and hope that I can keep the problem from spreading to my other plants.

Journey through gardening season with Rosa Salter Rodriguez (feature writer) rsalter@jg.net, Anne Gregory (Web editor and writer) agregory@jg.net, Frank Noonan (copy editor) fnoonan@jg.net and Cathie Rowand (photographer) crowand@jg.net.

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