Ask a Question forum: what is happening to my tomato plants , the fruit is rotting all over

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Name: rajat bhatt
99352 (Zone 8b)
May 17, 2017 7:07 PM CST
tomatoes did not turn red yet but rotting at the bottom , please advise...
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Can I do anything this season to correct or too late for this current crop ?

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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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May 17, 2017 11:24 PM CST
I tip my hat to you. Your plants lacks calcium causing blossom end rot. This can be caused by a couple of different things:

1. Inconsistant watering. If you let the plants dry too much between waterings, they can't absorb needed calcium from the soil. The fix is to water consistently and deeply. Tomatoes in pots are especially prone to this form of calcium deficiency.

2. Low calcium levels in the soil. This could be a problem if you are growing tomatoes on land that has been depleted of calcium. Before you start adding calcium, have your soil tested.

Next season, add bone meal to the soil and mix it in before you plant your tomatoes. And invest in an irrigation timer.
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Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
May 18, 2017 1:29 AM CST
rajat_bhatt said:tomatoes did not turn red yet but rotting at the bottom , please advise...
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I save eggshells and pulverize them to add to the bottoms and tops of planted tomato seedlings. It helps in preventing blossom end rot.

Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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May 18, 2017 9:04 AM CST
Classic Blossom End Rot. You might try spraying the tomato plants with some weak Epsom Salt Solution.
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
May 18, 2017 9:21 AM CST
I agree with Rita. Epsom salt water spray. In morning. I'd also work in some epsom salt into soil, as directed on package.
Also. Dont water plants with sprinkler, it will cause blossom end rot.
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