tomato - Knowledgebase Question

springhill, Fl
Question by mcoledad
June 19, 2009
I have contaner tomatos there about 3mounth old and in full sun I've been given tons of tomatos but all of a sudden they all turned brown and ugly the fruit is getting rot on them the stocks have a brown/black blouchy look and stocks have looks like million of pimples

Answer from NGA
June 19, 2009


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.

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