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Bloosom end rot on some tomatoes

Posted: 08/07/2015 at 14:42

John, regardless of the water, the mix in the pot is good quality and there should be suffifcient calcium available to the plant. Has the plant been fed? If so, all decent tomato fertilisers contain calcium.

If your other plants are BER-free and in the same or similar mixes, and have been fed, the water isn't the problem.

BER is about the most frustrating tomato problem. I found one infected tom on one of my plants last night. The plant is one of 16 that enjoy absolutely identical growing conditions. One infected fruit out of about 100 toms across the plants, and the infected fruit is the single, solitary sufferer amongst about 10 toms on that plant.

Irregular watering is believed to be one of the causes of plant stress but there can be others - strong winds, fluctuating temperatures, extreme temperatures; anything that can upset a plant's equilibrium.

And, sometimes, as in my case, there seems to be no explanation.



Is this disease?

Posted: 08/07/2015 at 14:23

I had something very similar on a eucalyptus back in Sydney. The consensus was that it was one of the rust diseases. I treated it with a fungicide.

Ugly spots on my tomato plant

Posted: 08/07/2015 at 14:14

What do the undersides of the leaves look like? Looks fungal to me.

Stopping pepper plants

Posted: 08/07/2015 at 06:18

Okay, sorry. Misunderstood. I leave them to their own devices too. Sometimes tomatoes can be a bit more reluctant, especially heirlooms, I give flowers a flick in passing from time to time.

Stopping pepper plants

Posted: 07/07/2015 at 09:16

Dorcas, you don't need to transfer pollen between the flowers. They're self-pollinating. Just give the flowers a bit of a jolt to trigger the internal pollination process.

Dwarf Tomatos

Posted: 07/07/2015 at 09:13

Andrew, I think you might have either mislabelled or crossed seed. The two in the photo look like indeterminates to me.

Stopping pepper plants

Posted: 07/07/2015 at 09:10

Chillies, like tomatoes, are self-pollinating. Their flowers contain both male and female bits and pollen so pollen doesn't need to be transferred between flowers. The internal transfer of pollen within the flower can happen naturally. Grown outdoors, the flowers moving in the breeze can trigger the transfer, insects fossicking in the flowers can help the process, you can give the flowers a flick with your fingers, or poke them gently with a wee paint brush.

Grown indoors, there's no breeze and there are fewer insects, so manual assistance is needed more often.

A friend of mine used to use an electric toothbrush. 

Few flowers on tomotoes

Posted: 06/07/2015 at 06:31

Fishy, watering every day is way too much unless they're in smaller pots, in full sun all day, and it's mighty hot. Few plants like wet feet and toms aren't one of them.

If the plants are in pots, you can afford to let the soil dry out between waterings. Within reason, obviously. The surface of the soil might seem dry but there can be moisture underneath where the roots are. If in doubt, stick a finger as deep into the soil as you can.

An even better test is to monitor the foliage. If it's droopy during the warmth of the day, wait till the sun goes down. If it's still droopy, water. If the foliage perks up, they're okay.

Less is better with tomatoes - water, fertiliser, everything. They're tough plants that do best with "controlled neglect".

Supermarket tomato sprouting

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 17:00

Ah, I see, I think. The reference to pollination by another tomato flower probably refers to the tomato being a hybrid variety. Seeds from a hybrid won't grow true to type.

Supermarket tomato sprouting

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 16:52

So it can't be a result of self-pollination?

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