Asked on Jul 22, 2016

What might be wrong with my tomatoes?

Teresa C
by Teresa C
Anyone know what might be wrong with my tomatoes? I have seen some small slugs inside them. I am not sure what else it may be.
q tomatoes, gardening, plant care
q tomatoes, gardening, plant care
  13 answers
  • Valerie Valerie on Jul 22, 2016
    Your tomatoes are lacking magnesium. Just sprinkle Epsom Salt around your tomato plants and this will help the "bottom rot" on your tomatoes

  • Dee8582532 Dee8582532 on Jul 22, 2016
    Actually, I learned that if you put a tablespoon of Epsum Salt in the hole, then the tomatoes plant, it keep the black rot or bottom rot away. I have been doing this the past 3 years and have great tomatoes.

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Jul 22, 2016

  • Ladyjane Ladyjane on Jul 22, 2016
    Um. I would gander a guess that it's slugs.

  • Cathy Cathy on Jul 23, 2016
    If it is slugs, crush up egg shells and sprinkle all around your tomato plants---they will also help add calcium if you have blossom end rot. It really helps to put egg shells and the salts in the hole before you plant your tomatoes--remember that for next summer.

  • Chase Chase on Jul 23, 2016
    Blossom end rot is caused by several things, inconsistent water, lack of calcium and magnesium. Apply side dressing of Espoma fertilizer for tomatoes or veggies followed by a good soaking. Egg shells are great (crushed) but take a long time to break down.

  • Lisa Falkenthal Lisa Falkenthal on Jul 23, 2016
    If it is slugs they can be trapped with beer in a saucer, or try diatomaceous earth to irritate and drive them elsewhere.

    • Sharon Carson Dunham Sharon Carson Dunham on Jul 23, 2016
      The beer works really well and we take small cans and sink them into the garden earth to nearly earth level. Works very time! The beer does kill them.

  • Linda Linda on Jul 23, 2016
    Looks to me like you also have tomato mosaic in addition to the slugs.

  • Sophia,M.,McConnery Sophia,M.,McConnery on Jul 23, 2016
    How close to the ground are they?When I grew these,I would make sure there were no fruit near the ground!

  • Tina Tina on Jul 23, 2016
    what kind of weather are you having this year. if it is dry and hot , that is the problem, not enough water will cause this kind of growth, slugs didn't do this, but putting old dry coffee and crushed egg shells is very good for your soil, yes, it keeps slugs and ants away. try watering your tomatoes more at least a good inch a couple times a week , and it looks like a little sun scald, not enough leaves. hope this helps.

  • Connie Hoge Connie Hoge on Jul 23, 2016
    They think they're Pokemons. Seriously though, yes, slugs are feasting on them. That's the holes. Mosaic is a virus. The splotchy colors could be that, our could be where Brown Marmorrated Stink Bugs have been sipping tomato juice. Trap the slugs or use the kind of slug bait that has iron in it(only poisons slugs& snail) . The circle on top is the top, right? If there is a big black splotch on the bottom that would be blossom end rot. In order to stop that you must water your tomatoes regularly every day. Usually there's enough calcium in the soil, the plants just don't get enough because of drying out.

  • Shojdik Shojdik on Jul 23, 2016
    I believe Tina is righton the money here. It's your weather. Happens to our plants too in droughty weather.

  • Neva Dew Neva Dew on Jul 25, 2016
    Tomatoes need a consistent amount of water - too much or too little will cause problems.