tomato blossom end rot...

vieja_gw(z7NM)August 9, 2013

We have a couple of tomato plants that have some tomatoes with blossom end rot/disease which I'm told may be due to a calcium deficiency? Old timers said to buy a bag of epsom salts (cheap!) in the the pharmacy dept. & mix some in the soil by each plant. It sure seems to have worked! Any one else tried this on tomatoes with the brown 'scabs on the bottoms?

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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

Erratic water supply which impairs delivery of soil calcium,

See Tomato FAQ, 2nd item on the list
http://faq.gardenweb.com/faq/tomato/

Here is a link that might be useful: BER

    Bookmark   August 10, 2013 at 7:02PM
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vieja_gw(z7NM)

jean001a:

Could be... but our garden is on soaker hoses on auto timers so watering is consistant. This year only one plant of the 24 had a bit of it & the epsom salts took care of it.

    Bookmark   August 11, 2013 at 10:47AM
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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

Some kinds are more likely to get BER than others.

Reasons for things to go wrong with your system:
- The system may not be running long enough and/or often enough.
- Even if the system is fine as to amount & frequency, a hot and/or windy and/or very low humidity can use up all the available moisture

Temporary shade may be needed at that time or perhaps run a 2nd cycle the same day.

    Bookmark   August 11, 2013 at 1:09PM
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lycopenequest

slow lime mixed with soil at time of planting will prevent blossom end rot

    Bookmark   August 15, 2013 at 12:31AM
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