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by poetprose on July 17, 2005 02:29 AM
Hello!! We have at least 40 Tomatoe plants, some in pots and some planted in the garden, Hubby went to pick my first ripe tomatoe this morning from my garden and the entire bottom of it is black!!!! AURGG

Can someone tell me what this black is? what do I do to stop it? and will it spead? I sure hope not beccause these tomatoes are a good size and starting to ripen now

thax so much for your help.... Don't want to lose this harvest :-(
by LMT on July 17, 2005 08:51 AM
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Is this the problem?

Let me guess, commercial fertilizer every two weeks?

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by suzydaze on July 17, 2005 11:07 AM
that's called bottom rot, from irragular watering

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by poetprose on July 17, 2005 06:35 PM
ok, well I can see it being from irregular watering as we are in desperate need of rain, over a month now really no rain

.>Let me guess, commercial fertilizer every two weeks?<<

no we have only used miracle grow maybe twice for the whole summer when they were young, The stalk is healthy the leaf is healthy, no discoloring or curling... just the tap water,

thx for all your help , !!!
by Sorellina on July 19, 2005 04:18 AM
A lot of us are getting blossom end rot (BER) this year due to extreme heat and humidity. I'm in Ontario too, and BER is on some of my plants. Paste varieties, the ones with few seeds, oftentimes elongated, used for sauce, are the most susceptible (sp?) to BER. It usually goes away on its own. The weather gurus are predicting cooler temps starting this weekend. Let's hope they're right as this will help our gardens and our tomatoes immensely.

Buona fortuna,

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by Garth Randall on July 25, 2005 01:15 AM
Tomato blossom end rot is related to drying out and frequent watering is essential to keep the soil at a constant moisture. Here in UK grow bags are popular (for lazy gardeners!) but they are notorious for drying out quickly and encouraging end rot. Try large plastic pots in future in a tray of small stones and keep well watered.
by Tamara from Minnesota on August 01, 2005 11:06 AM
I always treat for blossom end rot even before I see any. It is so common. The calcium the plants need cannot reach the plant when the watering is irregular (technical reason). I use a blossom end rot spray from the garden center. I used it today for the first time this season. Definitely a must!

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