Is this BER?

mike48858(z5 MI)July 5, 2005

Hi all!

I have 2 Bush Early Girl plants potted in 5-gallon buckets. The plants are very vigorous and bushy. They both have 20+ small fruit growing on them.

During a major heat-wave last week, the plants became very limp and wilted, despite daily watering. Now, some of the fruit are developing sunkened, brown areas near the bottom of the tomato. It is not, however, at the bottom tip, where the blossoms were. It is scattered around the bottom of the fruit.

Is this BER? I always thought BER showed up at the very bottom of the tomato. Also, I have never had BER show up on container plants before, but I have never grown Bush Early Girl either.

Thanks for your help.

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Gimme3Steps(7 or 8, NE GA)

YEP...All Day Long, Mike...thats BER.

    Bookmark   July 5, 2005 at 11:30PM
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cynthiay(z7 MD)

Is BER caused by the plants getting wilted and then being watered? Could a lack of calcium also be a factor? Container tomatoes seem to need more supplementation that in-ground tomatoes.

    Bookmark   July 6, 2005 at 12:36AM
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Gimme3Steps(7 or 8, NE GA)

A Tomato plant is Very Sensitive, when bearing fruit, to soil moisture fluctuation. It expects no such drastic fluctuation, and when grown in good tilthy earth, it will respond naturally, with it's roots, to resolve the issue to it's own content. Growin in a pot....it dont have that option...)))

    Bookmark   July 6, 2005 at 1:44AM
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carolyn137(z4/5 NY)

During a major heat-wave last week, the plants became very limp and wilted, despite daily watering

I guess I'm the odd person out here, LOL, but to me it doesn't look like BER.

The conditions you describe could be allowing for any number of normal environmental bacteria and fungi to get into any breaks in the skin when conditions are damp and hot and there's little air movementand initiate a rotting process. Black Mold Rot can appear exactly as your picture shows.

And it could be BER as well, it really could, but you'll know in the next few weeks b'c if it is BER it will go away.

Carolyn

    Bookmark   July 6, 2005 at 10:29AM
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