Think about treating your soil with eggshells or other high-calcium items before planting. Should you discover brown bruising at the base of your fruits, be sure to remove infected fruit and start treating your soil right away to stop additional spread (garden carts) (). Follow these handy suggestions to keep tomato rot away and enjoy lots of scrumptious and rewarding harvests.
One of the Barn Nursery's most regularly asked concerns is "Why are my tomatoes decomposing on the bottom?" It's an aggravating issue that is easily fixed with the right products. Blossom End Rot is the answer. Blossom End Rot often appears when the tomatoes have to do with 1/2 grown to maturity and looks something like a "watery blob" or "water soaked" lesion on the bottom of the fruit. As the problem develops the area ends up being dark brown and sunken taking up half the size of the tomato (). A lack of calcium causes the cells to break down, causing the rotting of the fruit (window boxes).
The greatest cause of Blossom End Rot is irregular watering. Calcium requires a constant circulation to the fruit. When plants dry out, the circulation of calcium stops, the fruit continues to grow, but without the calcium. It is kindof like blocked arteries; the dryness avoids calcium from reaching the tomatoes. How do you avoid this? Examine for water daily. Mulch it (electric leaf blower). Preferably you would aim for a regularly moist garden. Appropriate Soil Preparation is essential here. In our area, we do have a good amount of calcium present in our soil. Tomato plants suck up calcium so it is essential to occasionally renew the calcium in your garden soil.
How do you fix this? Mix Tomato Tone into your beds or containers at the beginning of the season and then renew once a month. If you have been guilty of inconsistent watering, this product gets calcium directly to the fruit right away - . It can not "recover" tomatoes currently decomposing, however it will prevent it in brand-new fruit. These items are offered for sale at our Garden Center in Crystal Lake. Do not hesitate to call us with questions at 847-658-3883.