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What's eating my tomatoes???

Post  krisandbert on 7/27/2013, 1:59 pm

I've thrown numerous tomatoes away! All of them are on the underside too. What is it and what do I do?

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Post  camprn on 7/27/2013, 2:01 pm

Blossom end rot. Look in the search feature for multiple threads about it.

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Post  krisandbert on 7/27/2013, 2:11 pm

Thanks!!!
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Post  sanderson on 7/27/2013, 2:19 pm

Camp, I've been meaning to ask, do you put the BER tomatoes in your compost pile?
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Post  camprn on 7/27/2013, 2:21 pm

@sanderson wrote:Camp,  I've been meaning to ask, do you put the BER tomatoes in your compost pile?
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Post  krisandbert on 7/27/2013, 2:22 pm

@sanderson wrote:Camp,  I've been meaning to ask, do you put the BER tomatoes in your compost pile?

 Good question because I've got too many with BER Sad
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Post  krisandbert on 7/27/2013, 2:23 pm

So I've read about egg shells, powdered milk and calcium tablets. Any recommendations?
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Re: What's eating my tomatoes???

Post  donnainzone5 on 7/27/2013, 2:31 pm

Often, BER disappears on its own.

However, my favorite remedy is to dissolve a few calcium/magnesium tablets in water and then water my tomato plants with that solution. Be sure, though, to use a brand that dissolves easily; most do not. A simple test is to place one tablet in a glass of water. If it doesn't dissolve within a half-hour, it probably will do you and your plants little or no good.

So far this year, my tomatoes have not been afflicted. Fingers crossed!
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Post  southern gardener on 7/27/2013, 2:37 pm

donnainzone10 wrote:Often, BER disappears on its own.

However, my favorite remedy is to dissolve a few calcium/magnesium tablets in water and then water my tomato plants with that solution.  Be sure, though, to use a brand that dissolves easily; most do not.  A simple test is to place one tablet in a glass of water.  If it doesn't dissolve within a half-hour, it probably will do you and your plants little or no good.  

So far this year, my tomatoes have not been afflicted.  Fingers crossed!

may be a silly question, but what are calcium/magnesium tablets? My sisters tomatoes have BER really bad Sad
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Re: What's eating my tomatoes???

Post  krisandbert on 7/27/2013, 2:41 pm

donnainzone10 wrote:Often, BER disappears on its own.

However, my favorite remedy is to dissolve a few calcium/magnesium tablets in water and then water my tomato plants with that solution.  Be sure, though, to use a brand that dissolves easily; most do not.  A simple test is to place one tablet in a glass of water.  If it doesn't dissolve within a half-hour, it probably will do you and your plants little or no good.  

So far this year, my tomatoes have not been afflicted.  Fingers crossed!

 Is there a brand that you've used that you can recommend?  Thanks so much!
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Post  donnainzone5 on 7/27/2013, 2:47 pm

Southern Gardener,

Cal-mag is a nutritional supplement containing these minerals. Please PM me if you'd like more info.
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Post  sanderson on 7/27/2013, 11:25 pm

I said, "What the heck!" and shared some of my non-fat milk, diluted with water. I've also used the powder non-fat milk and epson salts. The only Roma with BER is my now 9 foot tall Roma.
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Post  quiltbea on 7/27/2013, 11:37 pm

I added a handful each of powdered calcium-fortified milk and Epsom salts to the hole when I transplanted.  So far, knock on wood, not even one has developed BER this year.
BER will pass after the first tomatoes get it and the next flush of fruits will most likely be just fine.  The soil will adjust its calcium needs itself as a rule.
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Post  yolos on 7/27/2013, 11:56 pm

I planted 12 different varieties of tomatoes this year.  The only variety that developed BER was Gilbertie.  The BER did not stop with the first tomatoes.  Normally the BER would stop after the first fruits.  But this year on the Gilbertie it just keeps affecting each tomato. 

Because I had tomato disease on my first 8 varieties planted, I quickly planted my back ups.  On these backups, I planted them in large pots using Miracle Grow Potting mix.  I would think this mix would have all the nutrients needed.  None of the other varieties planted at the same time in the same mix have the BER.  Are Gilberties suseptible to BER.

I love the taste of the Gilberties and want to plant again next year so I need some help with them.
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Post  Nonna.PapaVino on 7/28/2013, 12:23 am

In addition to the five composts used in my new tomato bed this year, I added a large spoonful of Fish Bone Meal to the area around the hole wherein I put each tomato transplant.  No sign of blossom end rot at all, though it has been a problem in past years.  If we get through this summer with a good crop of ripe tomatoes and no BER, we will be adding fish bone meal to our regular planting regimen every year.  Nonna

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