Tomatoes

Farming and rural life discussion forum. Cooking, hunting, gardening, fishing, critters, etc.

Moderator: Team Cub

Tomatoes

Postby Big Mike » 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?
1951 Cub
Mahindra 6500FWD
1959 Willys Truck
1969 Jeep CJ5
Dodge Ram 2500 Diesel
Chrysler 300
Two or three chickens
Lifetime NRA member
Big Mike
5+ Years
5+ Years
 
Posts: 135
Joined: Thu Aug 21, 2008 11:33 am
Location: Sulphur, La. / Rusk, Tx.
Zip Code: 70663
eBay ID: gus6037

Re: Tomatoes

Postby Jim Becker » 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.
User avatar
Jim Becker
Team Cub
Team Cub
 
Posts: 11923
Joined: Sun Feb 02, 2003 3:14 pm
Location: MN
Zip Code: 55319
Circle of Safety Award
Circle of Safety: Y

Re: Tomatoes

Postby DanR » 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.
47 Cub (Glenda)
52 Super A
62 Cub (Genie)
43 H
42 M
In all things know which way the wind is blowing.
DanR
5+ Years
5+ Years
 
Posts: 1631
Joined: Fri Dec 22, 2006 6:28 am
Location: Tennessee East
Zip Code: 37743
Circle of Safety Award
Circle of Safety: Y

Re: Tomatoes

Postby doug fournier » 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
doug fournier
5+ Years
5+ Years
 
Posts: 158
Joined: Fri Mar 13, 2009 9:40 am
Zip Code: 28173

Re: Tomatoes

Postby Big Mike » 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
1951 Cub
Mahindra 6500FWD
1959 Willys Truck
1969 Jeep CJ5
Dodge Ram 2500 Diesel
Chrysler 300
Two or three chickens
Lifetime NRA member
Big Mike
5+ Years
5+ Years
 
Posts: 135
Joined: Thu Aug 21, 2008 11:33 am
Location: Sulphur, La. / Rusk, Tx.
Zip Code: 70663
eBay ID: gus6037


Return to Farm Life and Better Half Forum

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests