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Tomato Problems

Posted by alligatorob North Fl (My Page) on
Sat, Jun 14, 08 at 19:25

My tomato plants do really well, in fact too well we have to fight to keep them in control. But our tomatoes are not so good. A lot of them turn a kind of white or pale red as they ripen and the tomatoes are not very good, woody and generally of poor quality. I have three different kinds of tomatoes, didnt keep the steaks but one is a big tomato, one is a cherry tomato, and one is small but bigger than cherry. All three have exactly the same problem.

I live on the beach, right on the Gulf. The soil is pure white sand, so we built raised beds using 2 x 12s and filled the boxes with a mix of potting soil, mushroom compost, and peat moss. We water twice a day and fertilize regularly. Other vegetables have done a lot better, we had great lettuce before it got hot, and we have really nice eggplants and a variety of peppers. All a great success, but the tomatoes are a bust.

Any ideas what is wrong and how we might be able to fix it? I sure like fresh garden tomatoes; its killing me to see those plants full of fruit just going bad.

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: Tomato Problems

Drainage too fast, not enough nutrient.

RE: Tomato Problems

Try picking green and ripen inside the house. It is too hot for tomatoes right now on the gulf. My best ones have afternoon shade.

RE: Tomato Problems

This happened to my husband tomatos, they have a calcium deficiency, you can fix that with espom salt 2 Tbls to a gallon of water. Barbra

RE: Tomato Problems

Get your soil tested.

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