Return to the Tomato Pests & Diseases Forum | Post a Follow-Up

Wilted branches, hollow stems

Posted by pksinan z6PA (My Page) on
Thu, Jul 20, 06 at 21:31

This year has been a complete disaster with too many problems to describle. One in particular, however, that I've never seen before: Random branches on a couple of my plants are wilting with no discoloration or lesions on the foliage. These branches tend to be younger and high up on the plant. When I cut them off, I notice the stems are almost completely hollow. Any idea what's causing this? Also, the skin on some of the fruits on these plants is wrinkling and the fruits are becoming mushy.


Follow-Up Postings:

RE: Wilted branches, hollow stems

The hollow stems may be from a stalk borer. It's not a significant threat on established plants, but it can be quite annoying. There's no really good control -- some people slice out the hollowed part and try to catch the caterpillar, but destruction of nearby weeds is probably more effective. Sprays won't do anything.

If the fruit that is wrinkling and turning mushy isn't on the wilting stems, there may be a problem with inconsistent water. It can cause shriveling as well as splitting and blossom-end rot, and the end result is generally mealy and tasteless. I'm assuming that the fruit is otherwise edible... mulching well may take care of that, and watering a bit more often.


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!

Return to the Tomato Pests & Diseases Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.

Learn more about in-text links on this page here