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by roddewitz on July 24, 2006 10:26 AM
I've got tomato issues also,, seems the top half of my tomatos are nice red and ripe,, but the bottom half are rotting. It seems to be on all of the plants,, any ideas??

Rod..
by weezie13 on July 24, 2006 12:04 PM
Hi Rod...
Sounds like BER, or Blossom End Rot...

How's your watering practices?
Lot's of water, or a drying out period..
or too much..??

Also, it's not a disease so to speak...
It's in your soil that is LACKING CALCIUM.....

***But a side note, Another cause of the Blossom-End Rot can be over-fertilization,
especially with the nitrogen (ie; manure, liquid/granular fertilizers, etc..,
which stimulates the plants growth.
Too much/too fast vegetative growth can increase the transpiration surface and further prevents calcium accumulation in the fruit.

You can apply a foliar feed *on the leaves*
of Epsom Salts and water.. and that will help
with future fruits this season...

For next years season, Applying a layer of lime *then mixed in the soil* several months before you plant in the low-calcium soils can help prevent blossom-end rot

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Weezie

Don't forget to be kind to strangers. For some who have
done this have entertained angels without realizing it.
- Bible - Hebrews 13:2

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by Tamara from Minnesota on July 24, 2006 12:14 PM
Just get a blossom end rot spray at the garden center.

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by johnCT on July 25, 2006 12:31 AM
quote:
Originally posted by Tamara from Minnesota:
Just get a blossom end rot spray at the garden center.
Just a gimmick.

Rod, BER is a watering issue. Water consistently and mulch your plants and further instances will be eliminated as the plant's root system matures.

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John - Zone 6
by Sorellina on July 25, 2006 09:36 AM
Ciao all,

LOL, you've got to be kidding..they're actually selling a spray for BER now? [Big Grin] Sorry, but I'm so glad I wasn't having my latte when I read that! [Roll Eyes]

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