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Asked on Jul 12, 2018

My tomato plants are going to pot!!! I'm mystified...!

RedcatcecBelleJeanne Grunert


My tomato plants are only producing tomatoes with black bottoms--unfit to consume. . I'm mystified, as I have watered and fed exactly as recommended. They are planted in containers, instead of in the ground.

5 answers
  • Offaly
    on Jul 12, 2018

    Sounds like bottom end blight. Nothing can be done except to pull them up and start again. Hazel

  • Dfm
    on Jul 12, 2018

    They need calcium added to the soil. If you have just a few tomatoe plants, use 2 tums per plant. If more, use garden llime a good handful at the base of the plant, water. You can get a spray on the plant calcium spray as well. Tomatoes have 2 types, determinate.....going to get red and ripe all at one time, or indeterminate tomatoes growing continuously unti the frost hits. If you planted the latter, you might get more tomatoes until the frost hits.

  • Jeanne Grunert
    on Jul 12, 2018

    What you have is called blossom-end rot. The bottoms are black and inedible. It is caused by a few things, so you have to try a few things to fix the problem. 1) Uneven watering -- watering a lot one day, nothing for a while. Try to give the plants the same amount of water every day 2) Calcium deficiency. This may be caused either by lack of calcium in the soil OR by a soil pH that's off slightly. What happens is the plants cannot take up the available calcium if the pH is off. Add 1 teaspoon of plain Epsom salts mixed into the soil near the roots; repeat in two weeks if the first dose doesn't work. Good luck.

  • Belle
    on Jul 13, 2018

    Thank you Jeanne!!! I'm off to do exact as you recommend. Thanks loads.
  • Redcatcec
    on Jul 13, 2018

    Hi Belle,

    This is classic blossom end rot, add calcium-Tums would do- hopefully you can give your plant to better your health.

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