Tomoto Brown-Spot Redux

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Tomoto Brown-Spot Redux

Post by Tyler Bro » Wed, 05 Aug 1992 02:20:58



There was a thread awhile ago concerning brown mushy patches on the flower
end of tomatoes (Better Boy and Roma VF). The consensus, as I recall, was that
the plants were not getting enough water. Well, I water 6-7 days a week with
drip irrigation, and although the weather is quite hot and dry, I would guess
that this doesn't constitute underwatering.

Furthermore, we have one other plant about 50 ft away that we water by hand 4-5
days a week that exhibits the same symptoms. Could it be a fungus/virus carried
by pollenating insects (bees)? Lastly, adding to the diagnostic difficulty,
only some plants are affected. No apparent pattern...

                                puzzled,

 
 
 

Tomoto Brown-Spot Redux

Post by Mike Kin » Fri, 07 Aug 1992 00:22:52



Quote:

>There was a thread awhile ago concerning brown mushy patches on the flower
>end of tomatoes (Better Boy and Roma VF). The consensus, as I recall, was that
>the plants were not getting enough water. Well, I water 6-7 days a week with
>drip irrigation, and although the weather is quite hot and dry, I would guess
>that this doesn't constitute underwatering.

>Furthermore, we have one other plant about 50 ft away that we water by hand
4-5
>days a week that exhibits the same symptoms. Could it be a fungus/virus
carried
>by pollenating insects (bees)? Lastly, adding to the diagnostic difficulty,
>only some plants are affected. No apparent pattern...

>                            puzzled,


My understanding was that this (blossom end rot) was a physiological condition
of the plant caused by improper watering (too much, too little, irregular,
etc.) and exacerbated by a lack of calcium.   Mike King.