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Question: I grow better boy tomatos every year and every year they grow why I call tomato rot it. They develop a large black rotten spot on the bottom of the tomato before they ever rippen. I live in South Eastern North Carolina do you think that has anything to do with it? How can I stop the

Answer: It sounds like you are describing blossom end rot which occurs at the end of the tomatoes (and peppers) opposite the stem. While it is attributed to calcium deficiency in the soil, it often appears in cases of fluctuating soil moisture levels. Remedies include adding organic matter to the soil to increase its moisture holding capacity, keeping the plants evenly moist, using a mulch, and in some cases spraying plants with a blossom end rot spray (contains calcium) which can usually be purchased from your local garden center. Usually, more attention to keeping the soil evenly moist will solve the problem.

Good luck with your tomato plants!

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