Friday, August 12, 2011

Need help with sick tomatoes

I picked 53 pounds of tomatoes today.  Sounds great, right?  Wrong....  26 pounds of those tomatoes are bad, and I don't know why.  I need the help of my fellow gardeners.  This is a sample of what I am consistently finding.  They are all my Roma tomatoes only and in one particular bed that is not part of my regular garden.  This bed has not been planted with tomatoes previously and is a relatively new bed that has not had the benefit of compost like the beds in my garden.  I know that there is a deficiency in the soil because I have seen a few fruits with blossom end rot as well.  Weird thing is that someof the tomatoes are fine and can be right next to an infected bunch.
 It starts with just a small spot on the skin that spreads... 
Then a fungus type of growth starts.  If there was even a small spot starting on the fruit, I got rid of it.  I didn't want to take a chance. 
 If this is something that I can fix this year, I would like to do that.  I do try to use organic practices for fertilization and control of pests.  I would appreciate any help that you all can give!

4 comments:

Annie's Granny said...

It looks like this:

http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/publications/tomatoproblemsolver/ripe/cotton_leak.html

Casa Mariposa said...

My tomatoes were so hit or miss I quit growing them. Then this year I had a few plants show up in my compost. The fungus may be spread by water splashing on to the leaves or from a localized soil deficientcy. Good luck figuring this one out!

Sissy said...

Oh, gosh, I think it's tomato anthracnose, a rather common soil borne problem. Here's a link:
http://vegetablemdonline.ppath.cornell.edu/factsheets/Tomato_Anth.htm

The Sage Butterfly said...

So sorry...I am glad you were able to get some good ones. It seems like a fungal disease. The suggested web site seems like it could provide some answers. For blossom end rot, add some eggshells around the base of the plants...works great!