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Old 06-07-2011, 05:10 PM
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Dealing with Blossom End Rot on Roma tomatoes

We are growing tomatoes in Topsy Turvys this year. Our 2 containers with round sandwich-sized tomatoes are doing great so far. However, the 2 containers with Roma tomatoes have starting developing "blossom end rot". I've read that it caused by a lack of calcium in the dirt.

Has anyone dealt successfully with curing this disease on tomato plants? It doesn't only happen with Topsy Turvys, it does happen just growing them in the ground. Some say that it's the shape of the Roma that causes the lack of nutrients to flow to the end where the blossom is growing.

I've see that I can buy a spray for it off of the Internet but I'm wondering if there's something else that I can do for it at home? Eggshells won't give enough calcium quick enough. Do you think that I could crush up calcium tablets and add it to the dirt?

I hate just giving up but I'm at a loss for what to do. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!
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I thought it could also happen with inadequate watering at the time of fruit set, give them an inch a week at a minimum or daily thorough soaking, we used to call it watering through, but I think in a container too much watering can leech out the nutrients so it may be true about the calcium also, do a soil test, also check the condition of the leaves as nutrient deficiency will show up there also
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I thought it could also happen with inadequate watering at the time of fruit set, give them an inch a week at a minimum or daily thorough soaking, we used to call it watering through, but I think in a container too much watering can leech out the nutrients so it may be true about the calcium also, do a soil test, also check the condition of the leaves as nutrient deficiency will show up there also
Had I the chance to do it over, I would've added extra nutrients around the base of the stems and in the layers of soil in the TTs. I'm pretty sure that they are getting enough water - and with the TTs, it's hard to over water them since the water goes from the top through to the bottom - but I'm thinking that we are draining the nutrients right out of them.

I'm going to buy some calcium tablets and crush them up and use them in the soil. I figure that it can't hurt it. We will probably end up throwing these plants away. I've learned a lot from this year, though and I'm already planning on what to grow next year. I will probably stay with the sandwich tomatoes but switch the Romas to squash and zucchini. I want to grow more cucumbers, too. What started out as one cucumber plant has turned into this huge plant with numerous tiny cukes on it!!

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the storms will hold off and not come through to wreck them because they are hanging on our back deck.
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