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Tomatoes wilting

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Sue starts with ...
I have planted these tomatoes in the same bed about 6 weeks ago, (8 in all in 4 beds) they all got off to a good start and now about half have a wilting problem.

Ive not come across this problem before, should I pull the affected plants out?

I dont know whats happened, they all recieve around the same sun and water etc???
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Original Post was last edited: 6th October 2010 12:41pm
peter says...
if it was mine id give the one in
picture no 1 a heap of water imediatly


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Wayne says...
Or some critter has chewed it off, or it has root rot [fungus], or Peter could be right. Best to have a dig down through the mulch and see Sue
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peter says...
monster cut worm.
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Sue says...
Strange thing is a couple seem wilted but not floppy to touch, just curling themselves up but still quite strong.

Ok, dug one up, no root rot I can detect, no grubs (some healthy worms though) soil damp but not wet. Given them all a very good soaking and I'll see what tomorrow brings.
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Wayne says...
Strange for sure Sue, we are having a lot of trouble with broad mites up here that deform the foliage, could it be them as they are selective, or red spider??????

Get the magnifying glass out
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Brendan says...
Could be Verticillium or Fusarium wilt, tomatoes are notorious for this disease.
Don't think there's a 'cure' other than pulling it out, sorry :-( (someone else might have a cure?)
Maybe try a different type of tomato next year? Some are more resistant to wilt than others :-)
I notice you planted the tomatoes in the same bed, I'd try some crop-rotation next year too.
As a last resort, I'd try some Seasol, won't hurt.

btw, the rhubarb in the backround of pic 1 looks very good :-)
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Lorna says...
If you are going to dig one of the plants out anyway, cut the stem across and see what colour the vascular system is. If it is brown or discoloured, the chances are that it is the wilt.
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Wayne says...
I thought it was red silverbeet Brendan
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Lorna says...
Rainbow Chard actually Wayne, or the red one is often called Rhubarb Chard just to confuse things. All part of the beet family though and definately not rhubarb!
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Pauline says...
Silverbeet and chard are the same plant. Rainbow chard being the name used to describe the packs of multicoloured seeds you can get (sometimes having plain silverbeet in there too). Silverbeet being just plain silver looking one. :)

I have seen plant labels here which actually list both silverbeet and chard as the name (on rainbow chard).

Funny, when I first came to Oz 3 years agonobody knew what I was talking about when I was talking about rainbow chard. Nice to see times are changing. :)
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Lorna says...
Like I said Pauline, the picture is not the Silverbeet, since Silverbeet, as the name suggests, is the white or silver coloured stem. The name Rainbow was used so that people knew that they were getting some different colours. The Rainbow Chard will throw dozens of variations of colours, whereas the Silverbeet generally throws white stems unless it has had chance to cross. The Rainbow Chard coloured ones have been popular around here for at least 15 years, and I have been saving seed for around that time too. Maybe just late getting to Adelaide.......
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amanda says...
Sue - when u pull up the tom plants also check the roots for nematodes...their presence indicated by little "balls" attached to the roots.
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paula-f says...
Also could be bacterial wilt. There is a test you can carry out that I got off Gardening Australia, to see whether you have Bacterial Wilt or not. You take a cutting off the tomato and stick it in a glass of water....if the water goes cloudy, you have Bacterial wilt.
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