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Post  tegaan on 8/3/2011, 9:36 pm

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I believe that I have blossom rot ? Bottom of tomato is brown. Should I still let them grow? Can I still use some of the tomato or will it eventually cover the whole thing? Is this a plant problem or can I fix it?



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Post  camprn on 8/3/2011, 9:43 pm

@tegaan wrote:Hi,



I believe that I have blossom rot ? Bottom of tomato is brown. Should I still let them grow? Can I still use some of the tomato or will it eventually cover the whole thing? Is this a plant problem or can I fix it?



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Nearly all my first line tomatoes have a touch of the BER but it does not seem to be spreading through the individual fruit. The newer fruits are not having this trouble. I had the same situation last year and I was able to use the good half of the effected tomatoes. It is a symptom of nutrition issues/soil fertility for the plant and will not spread like a disease, if the soil conditions are corrected.

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Post  tegaan on 8/3/2011, 10:11 pm

I think I have too much peat/filler in my mix. How do I correct that? glad that I should be able to use some of the tomato....I don't have that many.



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Post  camprn on 8/3/2011, 10:14 pm

@tegaan wrote:I think I have too much peat/filler in my mix. How do I correct that? glad that I should be able to use some of the tomato....I don't have that many.
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Post  quiltbea on 8/3/2011, 11:47 pm

I've noticed that all my tomato plants in my raised beds, where I added a scoop of good composted manure plus some Epsom salts and powdered milk at tranplanting, have none of the BERot, but one of my potted tomatoes, Glacier, has it. All the pots were filled with a good potting soil mix but I did NOT add the salts and milk thinking it was a complete formula. Obviously some minerals were missing. Today I just scattered dry powdered milk over all my potted toms hoping to prevent this happening to the others.
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