Tomatoes

Tue Jun 02, 2009 5:29 pm

My tomatoes are rotting and turning black from the bottom long before they ripen. I've seen this before but memory doesn't always serve me well. I think I remember some old timers using epsom salt but like I said, the memory.....Anyone have any ideas?

Re: Tomatoes

Tue Jun 02, 2009 6:34 pm

Tomato blosson end rot. Around here, it is usually blamed on excessive soil moisture fluctuations. Here is a reference:
http://ohioline.osu.edu/hyg-fact/3000/3117.html. Google "tomato blosson end rot" to see some others.

Re: Tomatoes

Wed Jun 03, 2009 5:47 am

Fortunately blossom end rot is not contagious. When I plant tomatoes I put a teaspoon of Epsom Salt and a hand full of lime under each plant. Tomatoes don't like an acid soil. The most important thing is don't over water. Once a week is enough unless the temp is very high. Mulch with anything you have to keep the tomatoes from ground contact. Keep close hand the bread, lettuce, and bacon.

Re: Tomatoes

Sun Jun 14, 2009 5:04 pm

Epson salt liquid version works good to. To much nitrogen along with to much water sends a tomatoe into the rot stage. Some people put broken up sheetrock around the plant to control the acid soil. I only put a hand full of Garden tone in the hole when I plant then some dirt on top of the Garden tone to stop the roots from getting burned on the mixture until it gets bigger, then when it hits that stuff, stand back. Get your baskets and watch them goooo!!

Doug

Re: Tomatoes

Tue Jun 16, 2009 4:03 pm

I did a couple teaspoons of epsom salt on each plant and that cleared it up....thanks everyone