Someone recently wrote in with a tomato problem that I’m sure many people have experienced, including me! The question was: “Last year I had plenty of flowers on my tomatoes but a lot of them withered and dropped off without producing much fruit. Where did I go wrong?” The answer is: It’s called Blossom Drop – when flowers fail to set and are aborted by their plant. This happens for a number of reasons but mainly because air humidity is
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It is the time of the season when almost every question I receive about tomato problems is about either: Rotten patches on the underside of tomatoes. Flowers drop off of their stems. The first is Blossom End Rot which is caused by calcium deficiency. Plants roots have been unable to absorb enough calcium (for some reason) and as the tomatoes swell, there isn’t enough calcium to complete the growth of the “blossom end” which is the underside of the tomato.
Image by ep_jhu via Flickr Planting at the right time to avoid problems is key to growing tomatoes successfully. The difficulty is getting the timing right so that the fruit muture before the first frosts. The following quote is true: . Because tomato plants are so reliant on warmth to produce fruit, even if the plant is put in the ground very early in the season the fruit still only starts to ripen at the peak of the summer with