[Market-farming] Tomato stems rotting below soil line

John Ehrlich johnkaty at shaw.ca
Thu May 10 11:30:42 EDT 2012

Try a strong Chamomile Tea solution spraying on the plants three days in a row. 

Dont know what else to suggest.  What percentage are you losing?


On 2012-05-10, at 7:58 AM, Tom & Melanie wrote:

> 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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