Wilting vegetable plants

Wilting vegetable plants

My vegetable garden is doing very well (blooms on tomatoes already!) except an eggplant, parsley and now two romaine lettuce plants. I'm in Zone 6 (St. Louis). The eggplant is a Japanese eggplant and my other eggplants are doing fine (Black Beauties, the regular eggplant). The plant is wilted and the leaves feel all soft. It had been like that, then one day it perked up and was looking so fantastic, but now it's all wilted again. And now, two of four romaine lettuce plants have done the same...wilted, soft, almost soggy leaves. There seems to be new growth in the center of the lettuce. It's the middle two plants, and the outer two plants are still healthy and robust. The parsley just croaked (a portion of that plant is in a container in another area, doing fine). Everything else, tomatoes, peppers, etc. all doing well. It almost looks like they need water, but that couldn't be if it only affected two of the four romaines. Plus, I water every day unless it rains. Any ideas? Is this a disease or a pest or just bad luck? I'm perplexed (and broken hearted over the eggplant most especially). I'd like to replace the eggplant if I can find another one, but if there's a pest or disease of some kind, I need to treat it or treat the soil before doing so. Thanks in advance...
  • charleschas111

    Southmost east texas,,,,

     i have the wilty droopy leave problem with my two jap. eggplants now.

     They wilt in the mid day sun, the most. Then prek up by morning. I water my garden as i should.
     
    My soil is too high in acid,, i think for eggplants,,.. Also maybe not enough compost, did not know eggplant was such a heavy feeder.

    I deeply think, It maybe two problems or more !!  i think?? Eggplants like full sun  ,– Heat stress in midday,, maybe something else weakens the plant that causes the mid day wilt.. i had two problems before (last year) and the leaves wilted on my other mid day veggies.

     i first noticed some fire ants around at the base of the egg plant. as to protect it from possable fire ant root damage,, I brought in a little  new soil, half inch  and packed it down around the base of the main stem, 12 inches out,,

     then i thought about heat stress of the roots, so i took cardbord and placed it so it covered 12 inches from the main stem. still wilting.  but now no more fire ants. but they could have caused the wilt by eating the roots.

    also as i was planting this year i noticed a lot more than usaul, white grubs, their my main bad guy insect.

     i checked on the net and it said fire ants are not good for your garden.. fire ants will eat bugs but the web said they will also eat the roots of plants and some leaves of certan plants and the bad out weighs the good..

     also i seen ants on the leaves but i think they where a differnt kind of ant, smaller. also i seen a lot of black afids,? like? insects one day on the underside of the leaves, at the same time as the small ants,,————- maybe the ants were eating the afids ?? but it looked like a simumotic releationship, or both were feeding on the leaf,, I think, they were getting along together. 

         so i started brushing them both off twice a day, and that is when my leaves started to wilt. Maybe i was too rough with the brushing off and broused the leaves? maybe i was too late and the damage had  already been done??  I do not like to use chemicals of any kind if i can possably avoid it.

      After four or five days of brushing them off,, it worked the ants and the afids are gone.

     Their is one fuzzy looking white? gray? spot on the main stem half an inch long and wraps  three quarters the way around the eggplant.. it looks like the fungus, that i seen on the net, when i was checking out my roses.. but i am no expert. 

     I seen on the net,,,  for fungus , that sometimes the soil needs to be sterilzed before planting time.

     gardening is not a snap your finger deal. Maybe thats why i plant so much sweet corn and tomotes. At least i know i can get something for my effort.

    I hope this helps,, Southmost East Texas

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