Eggplant Plants

Eggplant and tomatoes wilting

Wendyt added on April 10, 2012 | Answered

Whenever I grow eggplants and tomatoes, they grow healthly to a point where they are mature, flowering and they then suddenly wilt. I have tried separate areas all to no avail. Any suggestions?

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Answered on April 10, 2012

Wilt is a fungus that lives in the soil and slowly causes the plant to wilt and die. There is no cure for it and you need to discard the plants. Unfortunately, since this lives in the soil, you can't plant any nightshade vegetables (tomatoes, peppers, eggplant) in that spot for about 2 years, or they will also get the disease and die.

You could try implementing a rasied bed or growing the plants in containers. Also, you might want to try solarizing the soil. Here is more information:

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