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tomato blossom end rot...

Posted by vieja z7NM (My Page) on
Fri, Aug 9, 13 at 20:07

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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RE: tomato blossom end rot...

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


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RE: tomato blossom end rot...

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.


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RE: tomato blossom end rot...

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.


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RE: tomato blossom end rot...

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


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