Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Tomato Problems

My heart is breaking right now...for my tomatoes. When I got back from vacation I found that my tomatoes bushes had taken off and were laden with new healthy fruit! I was so happy imagining all the jars of tomato sauce I was going to make for the long winter months.

My happiness however, was cut short when I began to notice the brown bottoms on the blossom end of my maters. What could it be? We were in a bit of an excessive heat spell with days reaching 100 to 105 degrees. Maybe that was the problem. But even with watering them, the little brown spots began to spread. It seemed that each tomato would reach a point and then the end began to shrivel. Errrrrrrr!

Luckily I am good friends with people who own a greenhouse.

  Insert Shameless Plug of Glick's Greenhouse!

If you are ever in south eastern Pennsylvania. Please check out Glick's Greenhouse, located in the scenic Oley Valley. The people that work here are awesome! They know their plants and their prices are to die for! Seriously, the best!

OKAY, back to my story...

My Mom works at Glick's too, so whenever I have a question, I go right to Mom. If she can't answer, then I go to my friend Joe. So, I texted Joe a picture of the brown bottomed tomato and he was quick to reply with an accurate diagnosis of my tomato problem!

Calcium Deficiency!

How to fix the problem? This product:

Foli-Cal 10% Calcium Fertilizer
I thoroughly covered my plants with the liquid calcium fertilizer and water (instructions on the back.) I hoping that this will do the trick. We'll see and I'll let you know!

Anyway, I'm spreading the word, so that other senseless tomato deficiencies won't take the life of you tomato plants. Hope it helps!


  1. I just found your blog and began going through all of your old posts. There is another way to prevent Calcium deficiency in Tomato plants. My granddad used to keep all the egg shells (year round) and make his own egg (calcium) powder to sprinkle around the tomato plants. I do the same thing and have never had problems.

    1. Rinse the egg shells out.
    2. Let them dry completely.
    3. Place in a plastic Ziploc baggie.
    4. Using a rolling pin, crush the egg shells into a fine powder.
    5. Sprinkle powder around the tomato and pepper plants every 2 weeks.

    If you eat eggs this is a great little savings tip...



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