Bottom of tomato rots

by Melody Swift
(Nashville, TN U.S.A.)

Hi there,

I am having the same problems in my tomatoes as I had last year. I do not have a garden, but I have lots of balcony pots of tomatoes.

They seem to do so well for a short time. I water on a timely basis unless it rains. Have just started this problem last year. But as the tomatoes start to enlarge, the bottom of the tomatoes starts to rot. The top half ripens and meets the rotten part in the middle.

Please tell me what I can try to do, to stop this problem...

Melody Swift

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Jul 17, 2012
Blossom End Rot
by: Bob Hansen

This is the first year that I have planted tomatoes in more than 25 years. I got an early start and was doing fine until the "rot" appeared. The University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service identified the "rot" as Blossom End Rot and suggested it was a Calcium deficiency and could be corrected with Ag Lime which contains Calcium. About 10 days after application my tomatoes showed no additional signs of Blossom End Rot. This problem is also
identified on this web site under "Tomato Diseases". Best of luck for a successful recovery.

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