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After transplanting various kinds of tomato plants which I had started from seed indoors, many are wilting and dying. I buried them to about 4" above the roots, as I do every spring. Autopsy results show a portion of the stems of each are dry and hollow, not stiff when you pinch them. The affected portion of stem is typically from the top of the roots to about 2" below the ground surface. Is there some sort of insect that is getting inside the stem? I appreciate any help!
CK, I live in MD and we've had a pretty cool year up until now (including temps in the 60's last week). If I had to take a guess at this time it would Verticillium wilt. Fusarium tends to more prevalent in warmer soil. The big problem with both wilts is that there are no chemical (or natural) agents to deal with them. Both fungi can live for years in the soil. Your options are rather limited. One thing would be to not plant them in the same place the next year. Of course, if you're like me, that really isn't an option. A better option would be to plant varieties that are VFN resistant.