tomatoe rout

Asked July 6, 2016, 5:00 PM EDT

Why is my tomatos routing on the bottom just as they start to turn ripe

Whitley County Kentucky whitley county kentucky horticulture tomatoes vegetable gardening

2 Responses

Hello. Thank you for your question. Please contact the Extension Agent and he will be glad to assist you. I have also included a link to an educational publication.

Paul Dengel
P.O. Box 328, 4275 N Hwy 25 W, Williamsburg, KY 40769-0328

When the bottom of tomatoes rot it's called "blossom end rot"

The following publication does a good job of explaining the causes and ways to prevent this from occuring. But, a quick answer is not enough calcium getting to the plant and also inconsistent watering (which makes the plant not able to take up calcium well). I encourage you to read further from the link below. It does a much better job explaining "blossom end rot" than I can.
https://www2.ca.uky.edu/agcollege/plantpathology/ext_files/PPFShtml/PPFS-VG-2.pdf