Blossom end rot

Tue. Jul. 25, 2017

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I know you’ve heard this from me before but, truly, there’s NOTHING like a homegrown tomato.   They’re worth any effort, in my estimation!  Which reminds me, it’s time to talk about blossom end rot.   So far this year, I’ve not had this issue.  In fact, the tomatoes are slow in coming.  I’ve had some Sun Gold cherry tomatoes (LOVE them) and some Sweet millions but, so far, just now getting my Chef’s Orange and Hungarian tomatoes coming….

Sun Gold 7-23-17

PS  I’ve already eaten some!  😉  Okay, about 10….

Chef’s choice orange 7-23-17

A calcium deficiency will bring about blossom end rot.  Uneven watering is one of the biggest culprits.  There are foliar sprays but they only help BEFORE the tomato has blossom end rot, and, as you’ll see from the University of Minnesota, there’s disagreement on how well they work.

If you start to see this problem, remove the affected fruit, spray the rest of the plant.

Blossom-end rot is the most typical issue we see with tomatoes.

Give your plants plenty of room.  Best Practice is to give a good 4 feet for each plant.  Keep as evenly moist as you can.  The hardest thing on a tomato plant is to let them dry out like the Sahara and then douse them with water like a Fargo flood.

Here’s a bit more information from the University of Minnesota Extension on Tomato Blossom End Rot

Tomato - Brandywine 8-9-15

Tomato – Brandywine 8-9-15