This growing season has been unseasonably rainy here in the Bluegrass State and something common that is happening to many of our fruit and vegetables is blossom end rot. In fact, we are experiencing it with some of our tomatoes.
So what exactly is blossom end rot?
Take a look at the bottom of your tomatoes and if there's a dark spot at the bottom of the tomato where it begins to rot and decay prematurely- that is b.e.r.
This happens as your tomato plant grows and the blooms the cute little yellow flower. As the fruit grows, the blossom becomes the end of the tomato, hence, blossom end. If the spot darkens it means the tissue is breaking down. If you see this on one of your tomatoes, more than likely it will be on several of them.
So what causes blossom end rot, you say?
Vegetables need calcium in order to develop. A couple of different factors as to the plants inability to absorb calcium is fluctuations in soil moisture, excess of nitrogen or root damage, cold soil or inconsistent soil acidity levels. More times than none, your plants are typically experiencing a calcium deficiency.
That's alot to take in. I know...
So if you notice this happening to your sweet little tomatoes, what can you do? You should add calcium (eggshells) and magnesium (Epsom salt). Here are the details..
Remove the tomatoes that have experienced blossom end rot.
Collect several eggshells as you use them, rinse well and allow to dry. Place them in a Ziploc bag and make sure they dry completely. Crush them extremely well. Almost into a fine powder.
Add 1/4 cup of Epsom Salt and 1 tablespoon of powdered eggshells into a gallon of water and slowly pour it around the base of the affected tomato plant. When you do this, it will go straight to the roots and allow the plan to absorb the nutrients.
You should be on your way to some healthier and tasty tomatoes. Keep an eye on the plants and hopefully that will solve the issue.
Let me know if you've had the same issues and please share any other method that solved the problem.