That is right, watch the bottom-of the tomato that is! Hopefully you have lots of fruit starting to set on your tomato plants now. If and when you do, one thing we have problems with during our warm dry springs is “blossom end rot”. Nothing is more frustrating than going to pick a nice big red juicy tomato and having the bottom or end of it all spoiled. Blossom end rot is generally caused by a calcium deficiency and or irregular watering plus stress. Be sure to fertilize your plants and water them in a very regular pattern. Tomatoes love to grow fast and slow down periods in the growth and fruit development may contribute to this problem. You can also apply a product by fertilome called Yield Booster and Blossom End Rot Preventer. It is easy to apply, just spray on the plant regularly. This liquid calcium product seems to work great for preventing and or minimizing the frustration of blossom end rot. Remember also that the end rot doesn’t necessarily spoil the whole fruit. You can still pick and use the unaffected parts of the tomato so all is not lost if you do end up with a bit of this condition! Good Growin and stay tuned Saturday am at 8 for more on tomatoes and what is going on “in The Garden” during Rosie On The House on 92.3fm KTAR.
About Jay Harper
I am a 3rd generation native Arizonan and my brothers Jeff and Jerry and I are the 3rd generation to own and operate Harper's Nursery and Landscape Company inc. Being born and raised in the landscape/gardening business in such a unique gardening environment as the Arizona desert, gives us a unique position and outlook on how to be successful gardeners in this area.