[Market-farming] Tomato stems rotting below soil line

Tom & Melanie limerock at thirdplanet.net
Thu May 10 10:58:01 EDT 2012


Sounds like dampening off disease.  Sorry, I don't know the cause or cure. 
Try a net search.  Good luck

Tom
Limerock Orchards and Roadside Market



From: Marlin & Christine Burkholder
Sent: Thursday, May 10, 2012 10:12 AM
To: 'Market Farming'
Subject: [Market-farming] Tomato stems rotting below soil line


What would cause the stem on a tomato transplant put into the ground two
weeks ago to suddenly rot off about an inch below the soil line?  Looks like
some sort of bacterial rot similar to what I experienced once years ago when
I transplanted tomatoes into recently plowed down clover cover crop.  That
time I figured that bacterial decomposition of the plowed under clover also
attacked the roots of the tomatoes.  The ground where I am having the
problem this year was plowed and prepped last fall and the rows mulched with
plastic.






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