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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2011 3:11 am 
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Hi!

I realized this evening that a few of my tomatoes have black spots on the bottom of them. We are growing yellow pear, Roma, and Celebrity tomotoes. I believe that the black spots have affected some of all 3 varieties. I'm very new to this gardening thing, so I have no idea what to do. Help, please?!?! :?

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2011 3:19 am 
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That's blossom-end rot. See the sticky about BER at the top of the section. :)

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2011 7:05 pm 
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got it! read the sticky - very helpful! I also read somewhere else online about BER and it said to remove the affected tomatoes. is that correct? many, but not all our tomatoes have been affected. I'm hoping it's due to a very hot spell we had a few weeks ago, and that we won't have much of a problem with it now that I know some preventative measures to take. and it is our Roma's that are having the biggest problem - we'll have to try different varieties next year. Thanks for your help!


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I would remove them because they never seem to amount to much when they ripen. That would also leave more nutrients/energy for development of later fruit.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 28, 2011 4:14 am 
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It's best to remove them. They are worthless after BER. If not removed, they will probably continue to rot and the rot can spread to unaffected fruit. Kinda like a rotten apple can spoil the whole barrel thing.

Don't be discouraged. Most seasoned gardeners often get outbreaks of BER if the conditions are optimum for it. In most cases, it only effects the earliest fruit set and seems to not effect later fruit.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 28, 2011 11:26 am 
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I tried Romas for two years and had the nicest crop of BER I've ever seen! Switched to San Marzano and haven't had the "black bottom" strike them yet. Trouble is, San Marzanos aren't usually found as transplants, so you have to start your own seed.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 29, 2011 8:47 pm 
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My celebrity tomatoes seem to be just as troubled with BER as my Romas. I'm hoping it was just the first tomotoes of the season that were affected and the rest will be fine...we'll see?!?! Any thoughts?


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