Re: [gardeners] Tomatoes with black fungus

Craig Watts (
Wed, 21 Jul 1999 18:33:48 -0400

I'm an observer.

Lack of calcium. Fetilize when tomatoes start to form. Use miricle grow for
tomatoes. I'm not sure of the "specific" calcium, but fertilizing has
worked for me.

Timing is everything. Fertilize before flowers, tomatoe plants turn into
pine trees. Hold back during flowing. Fertilize when you see the fruits
starting to form.

Craig Watts

From: Ron Hay <>
Subject: [gardeners] Tomatoes with black fungus
Date: Wednesday, July 21, 1999 11:03 AM

Hi, this year for the first time, we are experiencing a number of
tomatoes, Burpee's Early Girl and Big Girl, developing soft bottoms that
turn black and slightly flattenend, most of which fruit cannot be
salvaged. We carefully dipose of it in the trash so as not to infect our
compost pile. Any clues as to cause/cure?

Van Nuys, CA
USDA 9b, Sunset 20