Like many people, I took on the journey of growing a couple vegetables in my garden. It’s going well for the most part – my cucumbers are delightfully crisp, my bell peppers are coming in beautifully and my herb plants are all flourishing. There’s just one plant that doesn’t seem to be doing as well as the others: my tomatoes! For some reason, I found that the bottom of some of my tomatoes have been rotting and I couldn’t figure out why. Well, I found out that the reason might be over-fertilization:
Too much nitrogen during early fruiting, especially with nitrogen made from ammonia, ties up calcium in the soil chemistry.
There are a number of other possibilities as well, such as your soil:
Although most vegetables do well with a soil pH of 6.2 to 6.8, for those with blossom-end the pH should be 6.5 to 6.8 to free more calcium in the soil chemistry. Test results will indicate the amount of lime to add. Even better, lime also contains calcium. Work the lime into the top 12 inches of soil. Use a lime labeled “fast-acting,” which is better than ground limestone unless you have weeks to wait for the lime to react in the soil.
Or even moisture stress:
Use mulch to keep the soil evenly moist. Vegetables need about 1 to 1 1/2 inches of water a week while fruiting. The best way to water tomatoes planted in the ground is with a soaker hose. In hot climates it is especially tricky to keep big tomato plants in pots watered well during the summer. Make sure to water them daily or set them up on a drip system with a timer.
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