Better Luck Next Year

Last modified on August 5th, 2009

While out watering my tomato plants outside tonight, I noticed that a few of the roma tomatoes were looking a bit limp. Upon further investigation, it appears that not only are they ripening a bit early, they also have some weird dark spot on the bottom of most of the fruits.

I did a bit of research, and it sounds exactly like blossom end rot. Blossom end rot typically is a result of lack of calcium, which in a lot of cases is due to inconsistencies in moisture or large temperature swings. Given that my plants got pretty dry there a few times, especially in this last heat wave, I’m pretty sure it was probably due to that.

Either way, most of the tomatoes that have already fruited appear to be suffering from it, which basically means I’m hooped. Some of the green ones look ok still, so maybe they’ll turn out fine. But it’s not going to be a very large harvest, unfortunately.

Oh well, better next luck year I guess. I’ll definitely use larger pots next time so that I can water them more and not have to be on constant water watch.

5 responses to “Better Luck Next Year”

  1. Jen says:

    The same thing happened to my big tomatoes. The cherries were fine, but the beefsteaks were a total write-off. Apparently eggshells in the soil will help, if you notice early enough (I didn’t). Next year I suppose.

  2. Duane Storey says:

    Yah, that sucks. I actually think it was (for me at least) more related to irregular watering, which limits the calcium the plants can get. Oh well.

    I’ve been composting all summer here as well, so I’ll have some good soil for next year. I’ll toss in some eggshells into it STAT!

  3. Jenny says:

    Our Oma and Opa always had some funky eggshell concoction and they’re garden was always the best around.

    Our tomatoes haven’t turned red yet but all our lettuce died while we were on holiday.

  4. Lynn C says:

    Bummer! All that lovin’ for nothin’!

  5. VancityAllie says:

    Sorry to hear about your tomatoes!

    It’s just been a nightmare to grow stuff this summer with the temperature swings… my tomatoes aren’t looking as good as they were last year either 🙁

    A lot of my herbs died 🙁 Boo!

    Are there any plants you can save?

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