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Tomatoes


Some Tomatoes are more susceptible to Blossom End Rot (BER) than others. It seems like any condition that causes them stress invites the cancerous blight. I say ‘cancerous’ because I think that stress is what causes deformed cells and deteriorating cancer-causing conditions in us as well. Why not ‘plant cancer’?

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Tomatoes spoiling

 

The stress this year was not enough constant water supply. Hey – let’s just say not enough water… period. It was so dry, remember? Lack of Calcium can have that effect too, but I don’t think that was the main problem this year. The proof was there: when I picked them only a certain size or stage of tomato had them. The first and last ones to form were fine.

I grow enough that it doesn’t matter that much if I lose a few.

 

 

What took me by surprise was how fast they turned red after I brought them into the house. I should have covered them with a blanket or paper to make them ripen slower. Instead I had to hurriedly peel and cook and can a ton at one time. I usually don’t have to do this kind of work with them until November when there’s a little more time!

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A long list of busy things to do

I wonder how I can get this all done! I have to keep reminding myself that these are the things I love to do…why get stressed? 

 

 

 

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2 Responses to “Tomatoes”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Sherry, BER is a result of calcium deficiency. The reason you had no trouble in the beginning is because you had sufficient quantity a/v. Try magnesium sulfate or epsom salts which makes the skin harder, use of calcium nitrate 15.5-0-0 fertilizer will help with the calcium deficiency. Also keep the tomatoes pruned with good air circulation and even watering as you probably know.
    I wonder though if calcium uptake is hindered by cold weather. You could google that. Black cloth (free of sizing chemicals- maybe washed) might keep the soil warmer and not sure but maybe that would be helpful. It certainly is a bonus for cuc’s.

    • sherry says:

      a/v is what? I do epsom salts, but never know how much, and egg shells and bone meal, but haven’t used the fertilizer yet. I bought some now for the blueberries, but the fertilizer won’t help the calcium problem I don’t think (??).I know I’ll only get so much constant moisture and temperature outside of a greenhouse so that part doesn’t matter too much.

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