Re: [gardeners] Tomatoes with black fungus

Penny Nielsen (
Thu, 22 Jul 1999 12:20:56 -0300

Hi Margaret

Reminds me that I meant to ask why, for the first time in 8 years, I seem to have few toms on my plants.  I planted the same seeds as last year, (fresh seed purchased last year and kept sealed in container in fridge).  The plants and really lush - perhaps too lush - already 5 ft. tall.  I added some tomato fertilizer in each hole when I transplanted them.  There are lots of bees around, have been watering adequately and have mulched with grass clippings - same procedures as I used in previous years.  Bro and SIL were visiting last evening and remarked on the lack of toms too.  

Any ideas?  I usually have so many toms that I give them away by the bagfull.

Penny in Halifax, N.S. - perplexed

>>> margaret lauterbach <> 07/21/99 11:51AM >>>

It's blossom end rot, Ron. Caused by lack of calcium. Your soil may have an
abundance of calcium, but the plants can't take it up because the subsoil
conditions are too wet or too dry. Water deeply about every 5 to 7 days,
and see if the condition doesn't clear up. Margaret