How to treat blossom rot on tomatoes

Asked April 30, 2013, 1:54 PM EDT

How to treat blossom rot on tomatoes

Carroll County Virginia vegetables blossom end rot

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Blossom end rot on tomatoes is a physiologic disorder resulting from too little calcium reaching the developing fruits. This disorder occurs during periods of rapid growth when calcium cannot be evenly distributed throughout the entire plant either because calcium is lacking in the soil or the soil is too dry. Then brown, leathery lesions develop on the underside of the fruit. To prevent this from happening avoid using high nitrogen fertilizer, mix in a handful of ground lime into the soil of each planting hole when you plant your transplants into the garden and water deeply. A producing mature tomato plant requires about 1-2 gallons of water twice weekly during dry periods. For more information on growing tomatoes see our information on the Grow It Eat It website, http://extension.umd.edu/learn/vegetable-profiles-tomatoes

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