This year I planted six heirloom tomato plants. Five are doing great, but my yellow pear is wilting from the ground up. I planted it in one of my new oak wine barrels. After it set fruit, the leaves started to curl, then fade to brown.
It was hot. The more I watered the plant, the worse it got. The fruit was fine, but now the new growth was wilting. I was stumped.
After several fruitless web searches, I stumbled across a great resource and let out a victorious “Whoo hoo!” The Tomato problem solver, a sweet little web application from the horticultural department at Texas A & M University, is perfect for us gardening newbies. You don’t need to know the name of the disease, you just match your suspicious fruit, leaves or stems to their photos. It’s super simple and super informative.
So what’s wrong with my yellow pear? A pretty bad case of verticillium wilt (which is common to some heirloom varities). My guess is that I didn’t drill enough holes in the bottom of the planter and accidentally drowned the roots. Grrr…
So how are your tomatoes coming along? Have you made a similar mistake?