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Posted: 26/07/2014 at 13:11

Best of luck!

Is this the beginning of blossom end rot?

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 08:27

Hard to get a good look at the image because of its small size. Anyway, it's not BER. BER manifests as a distinct patch with a leathery texture. It will gradually darken to almost black. Can you post a larger picture for a closer look?


Posted: 26/07/2014 at 08:21

marksman, do you mean you have two fruit one one plant, one on the other? If so, odds are that, at this time of year, any further fruit that develops probably won't ripen before the end of the season. Let the plants concentrate on the existing fruit by curtailing their growth. Just nip off the various growing tips on the extremities.

Poorly Toms

Posted: 25/07/2014 at 10:55

Spores will drop onto the soil and can and will live on in the soil. They can be transferred back up to plants the next season by splashing when watering*. I'd dig the soil over well, burying your current topsoil as deeply as you can.

*That's one reason why it's always a good idea to keep between a foot and 18" between the lowest branch and the soil. Existing plants can be reinfected by spores splashing up from the soil beneath when watering.

Poorly Toms

Posted: 25/07/2014 at 10:14

Mmmm. Pity. There must have been some earlier signs that went unnoticed.

Poorly Toms

Posted: 25/07/2014 at 07:46

Were there absolutely no signs of any problems yesterday? If not, the timing - literally overnight - suggests factors other than blight. Even the most virulent form - Late Blight - takes longer than overnight to do the damage described.

Any chance of a photo?

Peppers/chillies or lack of

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 20:48

Toms should be watered on an as needs basis. Don't water by rote. If in pots, you can afford to let the mix dry out within reason. As long as patterns are consistent. Mix should never be constantly damp. If in the ground, they should be watered infrequently but deeply.

Peppers/chillies or lack of

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 13:33

Novicegreen, Chris is right. Give them a break from the food and drink. They're like toms, best left to their own devices as much as possible.

Blossom-end blues

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 13:30

paull, plum varieties (lincluding San Marzano) are simply more prone to BER than other varieties. No one knows why. Must be something in their genes.

Erratic watering isn't the only cause of BER. BER occurs as a result of plant stress that creates problems with the plant's internal systems. Anything that stresses a plant can feasibly cause BER. It could be excessive humidity. It's really a matter of process of elimination. Trouble is, you don't get instant answers. And sometimes there's no obvious answer.

BER is one of the curses of tom growing.

White specks on Tomato leaves

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 13:21

For some reason the software won't allow enlargement of the photos. Are the white spots necrotic (dead) tissue? They look like eggs.

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