Before you turn away thinking I’ve just finally gone too far with too much information or a that I just revealed a personal problem, it’s all about the tomatoes. I’ve had two gardening issues this season with tomatoes, the overly huge tomato plants toppling over the Earthbox.
And the other problem, one I’ve been plagued with before, is Blossom End Rot. Last Fall, I had this problem with mostly the Colstoluto Genovese tomatoes I planted. The heirlooms seem more susceptible to it. This year, I’m not sure what the plants are that are getting it, but I know they are heirlooms, because I know where my hybrid plants are. (I’ll pick 3 more big Celebrity tomatoes tomorrow from the first producing plant.) This can affect peppers and tomatoes as well, although I’ve only ever encountered it in my tomatoes.
So, blossom end rot, is when the bottom of the tomato develops what looks like a bruise. The tomato will not recover, once this happens, it will spread to the entire tomato. The best thing to do, it pluck it, so that the plant can focus it’s energy, on fruits that will develop normally. Here is what it looks like, sadly:
I have had this problem for several years, and never have figured out the problem. Some say its from over watering – something I’ll never be accused of. Lack of calcium can also be a problem, as can over-fertilizing. I don’t have enough wide spread problem to conclude that I’ve over fertilized. I did amend the soil with Ladybug 5-2-4 before planting. So, I’ll just have to wait and see. I hate tomato drama. But, that’s life with a garden. It’s always something! So far, I’ve only had one tomato hornworm, which scares the begeezus out of me. Now, I’ve discovered that it turns into a cool hummingbird-like moth, so I’ll have to discontinue squishing them. They are disgusting when squished anyway.