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#38018 June 22nd, 2005 at 12:12 AM
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My tomatoes are all doing really good this year... [Linked Image]

but this morning..when checking them...there is one plant that has a regular size tomatoe at the bottom of the plant that is starting to turn red...but at the top of the plant the babies are doing this.... [Linked Image] the bottoms are black like they are rotting....can anyone tell me why?

#38019 June 22nd, 2005 at 12:35 AM
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Blossom end rot is what it looks like to me, Vanessa. It might need some calcium. We went through that last year with our first garden. Have only seen one tomato this year with it so far. This might help you out.

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#38020 June 22nd, 2005 at 01:16 AM
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Check also Tomato Blight . I dunno.. could be that?

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#38021 June 22nd, 2005 at 01:17 AM
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Ther are 6 other tomato plants in that bed and the rest of the plants are beautiful and covered with mators....would that affect just one plant?

#38022 June 22nd, 2005 at 01:22 AM
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It has only affected one tomato out of our whole garden so far this year, Vanessa. Last year it got a lot of them until we researched and found the problem. Egg shells around the base of the plant might help with just one plant. I don't know. We sprayed some kind of solution made especially for blossom end rot on ours last year. If I see another tomato like that on that same plant, I am going to try to just treat the one plant.

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#38023 June 22nd, 2005 at 02:55 AM
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I put eggshells & coffee grounds around the base of all the tomatoes about 2 weeks ago....

#38024 June 22nd, 2005 at 03:36 AM
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Blossom end rot is a calcium deficiency as dianna said. The eggshells etc work pretty slow as they have to be broken down to help. A dressing of dolomite pre season (yeah that helps now) can be beneficial.
You cn get some chelated calcium as a foliar application i think but i don't know much about it. Probably not worth worrying about for one lousy tomato though wouldn't you say. Maybe the eggshells or shellgrit crushed really fine and scuffed into the soil will have time to prevent further trouble on other plants????

#38025 June 22nd, 2005 at 04:07 AM
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Get some Epsom Salt
Sprinkle some at the drip line
and mix up a light mixture for a foliar spray.
***spray early in the morning, to allow the
spray to dry naturally off before the sun hits
the wet leaves..***

CLick on the links on that page on right side to get info:
Garden Benefits
Why It Works
Garden Usage Tips

#38026 June 22nd, 2005 at 04:08 AM
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Thanks Longy...you're the best! I didn't grind the eggshell up real fine...so I think I will try that and look into the chelated calcium. WOW...who knew....I just learned about chelated iron & goodies (for human consumption) about 4 yrs ago....and now need it for the garden!
VANESSA

#38027 June 22nd, 2005 at 04:10 AM
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Oh and...(this may be a stupid question...) do I treat all of the plants in that bed or just the pitiful one having problems???

#38028 June 22nd, 2005 at 04:10 AM
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Heyyyyyyyyyyy, we were posting together Vanessa!!
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#38029 June 22nd, 2005 at 04:11 AM
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I saw that...thought we were posting at the same time on the epsom salt one...but there is a minute difference.

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Hey were typing together!!!!


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