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post #1 of 10
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Hello all, as I sit here and ponder what to put in my garden this year, I keep thinking about all the problems I have had in the past with tomatoes. For the last 4 years, the tomatoes I have tried to grow have been a failure. It seems for what ever reason once the fruit forms and starts to grow, it rots before it ripens. I fertilize and keep watered, but still have problems growing them. My Dad thinks it may be a blight of some kind.


I am thinking the only cure would be to have my Dad grow them for me in exchange for some peppers(which grow like crazy in my garden)


Thanks for any Help.

post #2 of 10

Well definately don't try those hanging tomato planters. They suck. Tried 2 years in a row with a few. Only got a few useable tomatoes, the rest rotted before they got ripe. Maybe its just me. If you figure it out please tell me how!!!

post #3 of 10
sounds like you need to take a sample of the dirt and have it analyzed ... and go from there...
post #4 of 10

What variety are you growing?

Is the rot starting on the bottom center?

Are you planting them in the same spot each year?

post #5 of 10

Just a suggestion. nearly every university has a state specific growing guide. Normally included ate the known varietyies for the different areas, the prep,  the planting schedule, harvest schedule. Its what the old timers use in assocation with the farmers almanac. My pop is 90 years old and the farmers almanac, the seed catalogs, and his LSU planters guide are still what he never missed reading. This is what I found for you locally, but I imagine it looks like they want you to order and pay for the pamplets. <shrugs>


here is what we have. You probably have the same thing I just am not digging in the right place.


County agents, unless you are commercial or a great buddy, here what happens.  The new strawberry plants the roots are dying off what do you recommend? Well what do you think it is? I would guess root rot. Well let me take some and we will send them in for testing at the state ag center. 6 weeks later you get a letter from the universtity ag dept. It looks like root rot to us. Enclosed is an invoice for the testing for 75.00. We hope this helps you with your problem.


LOL Ka-pow! Straight to the moon!


Try you local farmers market, listen to them, don't run in asking for help. Farmers share most when you don't ask.


You can also ask your local nurseries, they are usually owned or managed by someone knowledgable with a degree and common sense. They can tell you alot.

post #6 of 10

Sounds like Blossom End Rout could be causing what you are describing. Here is a link to the University of Wisconsin that might be helpful.



post #7 of 10
Originally Posted by twoalpha View Post

Sounds like Blossom End Rout could be causing what you are describing. Here is a link to the University of Wisconsin that might be helpful.




That's what I am thinking - End Rot, any pics of the tomatoes?

post #8 of 10

Yeah, sounds like end rot. You've been given some good links. Also, calcium is something to add to the soil to prevent end rot. If you buy a calcium soil supplement do not over add. Too much can stunt plants with a symptom that looks like a horrible virus? Do not place around peppers.


A duo I use is calcium (1/2 the recommended dose) and a bit of sulfur. Sulfur too detracts disease and tomatoes need and love sulfur. Sulfur does not “digest” in the soil so it will be there forever. It will migrate away with water etc. so do not over apply (it can also burn the plants).  I apply sulfur to the surface after planting and right before mulching.


I agree with the hanging planter; no good for large tomatoes. They work fine for cherry tomatoes so I have one for kicks (the spousal unit loves it).


I grow heirlooms from seed, starting them in my house.Heirlooms also deliver many freebees from the prior year.


post #9 of 10

Hello.  If you are growing peppers by the ton you has a "alkaline", "sour" soil.  Peppers thrive on this type soil.  The soil test is the way forward.  Find out what your soil has in abundance and what your soil needs to produce good tomatoes.  Keep Smokin!


post #10 of 10

What I do in my tomato hangers, once the flowers form, until all have tomatoes on them, I add Epson Salts to the water I put in daily.  I put a couple heaping Tbsp per quart of water.  This seems to help a lot.

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