Tomtoes: Large Black Spot On The Bottom Of Fruit - Knowledgebase Question

Port Washington, NY
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Question by Symbol3
July 14, 2000
A large black spot appears on the bottom of the tomatoes. Tomatoes: Ensalad. They are grown in containers.

Answer from NGA
July 14, 2000
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. You might want to dig down into the soil a bit and see how effective your watering actually is. Also, if the tomatoes are in small containers, you may need to be watering more often so the soil stays evenly moist but not alternating between sopping wet and then dried out. A tomato really needs at least a five gallon bucket.

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