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Looks like my potted tomato plants have Fusarium Wilt and will soon die. 1)Any thing I can do to save the plants and soil? 2)Can I eat the tomatos?

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Fusarium Wilt is a fungus present in the soil that usually enters the plant through the roots.  As it progresses up the plant it blocks the water passages and the plant begins to wilt and will eventually die. Once you see symptoms of this disease it is recommended that you remove and destroy the infected plants, rotate where you plant your tomatoes and plant resistant varieties.  Because your plants are in pots you will want to remove the soil and thoroughly clean your pots before planting in them again using new soil. 

As far as eating the tomatoes this plant produced you are safe, this type of fungal disease is not harmful to humans.  Below I have included a link to a publication about growing tomatoes that includes information about Fusarium Wilt. 


http://extension.usu.edu/juab/files/uploads/Horticulture/vegetable%20garden/tomatof.pdf

Posted on 1 Oct 2008

Heidi Wayman
Horticulture Intern, Salt Lake County

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