What Causes Blossom End Rot?

Blossom End Rot is thought to be caused by insufficient calcium. What is
actually happening is that  the calcium is being use up by the foliage of the plant
and  does not make its way to the fruits. Other factors  that may contribute to blossom
end rot  include too much nitrogen fertilizer, too much salt in the soil, root damage
and a soil pH that is too high or too far below the optimum 6.5  pH.

However, don't rush out to by a calcium supplement for your soil. This calcium
deficiency is probably caused by irregular watering and a fluctuation in water levels.
Water carries calcium throughout the tomato plant.  So first try  correcting the
problem with a better watering schedule.

When Blossom End Rot occurs there is  no saving the rotting fruits. Remove the
affected fruits and just throw them into your worm bin.  Then arrange your watering
schedule so the plants are getting at least and inch of water per week, correct any
other problems, mulch under the plants and you should see improvement.
Epsom Salt:
Cracking:
During hot temperature tomatoes will sometimes split and crack open
rendering the tomato still edible but looking undesirable. This is a sure
sign that the tomato plants are not getting enough water. Refer back to
the tips above on how to  water Tomato plants. Always plant in healthy
soil that has plenty of nutrients  give
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Tomato Plant diseases are often  problems that are caused as result of poor conditions such as inadequate nutrients,
water, sun, or space and lack of tomato plant food and organic vitamins. Poor conditions and lack of food bring on  
pathogens such as fungi, bacteria and  viruses. However most  disease problems can easily be overcome by proper

tomato planting
and easy maintenance. Also if your particular gardening  area is prone to diseases by all means use
Albert's V 8 Organic Plant Vitamins and
Tomato Plant Food  and Albert's Tomato Plant Vitamins  on a regular basis. Plant
quality tomato plants for sale from our  Tomato Farm.
Blossom  Drop:
Remember that pollen becomes sterile at daytime temperatures over about 98º
times. The plant knows that the pollen is not viable and drops the blossoms.

However when the weather settles down the blossoms will stay on the plants
and produce fruit.  We do have
tomato plant  varieties that produce at higher
temperatures.
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            Identifying Common Tomato Plant Diseases
Are Your Tomato Plants As Happy And Healthy As They Should Be?
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"How do I get them to stop dancing?"
     An Ounce Of Prevention Keeps Garden   
             Plants Happy and Healthy
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Step 1:
Begin with a good tomato gardening practices. Start with  proper crop rotation. This simple practice alone
will significantly reduce disease. Do not plant Tomato Plants where you had potatoes, peppers -- and of
course Tomato Plants -- last year. Crop rotation is important and this  is your first defense in disease
prevention.
Step 2:
Plant a variety of Tomato Plants that are resistant or tolerant to leaf blight and other Tomato Plant
Diseases.

Step 3:
Do not crowd the tomato plants. Over crowding will cause lack of air circulation  which favors disease
development. Leaf diseases need long periods of uninterrupted wetness for diseases to develop, and
overcrowding plants will prevent wet leaves from  drying.
Plant the Tomato Plants a minimum of 24 inches apart . Use a sturdy trellis or cage to keep leaves and
fruit off the ground.  A cage or trellis will aid in keeping the Tomato Plant dry and will keep the
disease inoculate further away from the leaves. Remember the disease inoculate is in the soil. Also,
it keeps the fruit cleaner and reduces the incidence of spoiled fruit.
Step 5:
This may be the single most important step of all. If you need to irrigate, water the ground, not the
leaves. Sprinkler irrigation keeps the leaves wet and splashes the disease inoculate from the soil
onto the leaves. Soaker hoses, drip irrigation or careful hand watering are better alternatives.
Step 6:
Consider using plastic mulch. Plastic mulch laid on the soil surface prior to transplanting is a common practice
in commercial production and works well for home gardens too.  Plastic mulch is available in 3' and 4' wide rolls in a
rainbow of colors.
The benefits of plastic mulch is that the it warms the soil, which significantly increases the yield,  reduces disease,
reduces water evaporation, and  increases greater water uptake by the plants.
Step 7:
Commercial growers will often leave one leaf beneath the first flower and remove all other leaves from that point and down.
This does not make for a pretty tomato plant, but it's effective.

Step 8:
Don't apply too much fertilizer, especially nitrogen. Excess fertilization promotes succulent leaf growth which is often more
prone to disease. My fertility choice is compost, from either manure or other vegetative materials. Compost is advantageous
as it provides all the essential elements necessary for plant growth in a slow release form in sync with plant growth. And an
application of the
V  8 Organic Vitamins For Tomato Plants  and a good feeding of Tomato Plant Food about  once a month.

Follow these recommendations and enjoy juicy red tomatoes with an added benefit - fruit without pesticide residue.
There are several simple cultural techniques that can be implemented  before considering
chemical treatments. Fungicides (that innocent looking white dust) are dangerous and are
often over applied, so avoid using them until you have exhausted the following cultural
options listed
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Garden   Pests:
Tomato Canker:
Gray Mold has  well over 200 reported hosts. The fungus can occur as both a
parasite and a saprophyte on the same wide range of hosts. This fungus disease is
intriguing in that it can cause a variety of plant diseases including damping-off and
blights of flowers, fruits, stems, and foliage of many vegetables and ornamental.

It is a major cause of post harvest rot of perishable plant produce, including
tomatoes at harvest and in storage. The disease can occur both in the greenhouse
and in the field. Besides tomato, gray mold is of concern to other vegetables
including snap and Lima beans, cabbage, lettuce and endive, muskmelon, pea,
pepper, and potato.
Compost Tea helps prevent many diseases . Use
Albert's Tomato Tea often.
The most common symptoms on tomatoes are sunken, dark green or brown lesions
on leaves and brown lesions on stems, with white fungal growth developing under
moist conditions. Classic symptoms are large (at least nickel-sized) olive-green to
brown spots on leaves with slightly fuzzy white fungal growth on the underside when
conditions have been humid (early morning or after rain). Sometimes the lesion border
is yellow or has a water-soaked appearance. Brown to blackish lesions also develop
on upper stems. Firm, brown spots develop on tomato fruit.
more commonly known as a foliage or stem disorder. Leaf infection is notable
first on older leaves with the appearance of irregular brown necrotic lesions
surrounded by an area of yellowing tissue. Early season damp rainy weather
encourages infection, and the symptoms become noticeable rapidly with
increasing temperatures in mid-season. Heavy dews and overhead irrigation can
contribute to disease spread. Learn how to grow healthy
disease free tomato
plants
All adult stink bugs are shield-shaped. Green stink bugs are about 9/16 to ¾ inch in
length. They are bright green with a narrow orange-yellow line bordering the major
body regions.

Brown stink bugs are dull grayish yellow and ½ to 5/8 inch long. Leaf footed bugs are
about 13/16 inch long. They have dark brown bodies, a narrow cream colored stripe
across the back and flattened leaf-like hind legs. Plant garlic in between the tomato
plants. Plant
garlic in between your garden plants and control  garden pests.

When first laid, the barrel-shaped eggs of the green stink bugs are yellow to green,
later turning pink to gray. The white kettle-shaped eggs of the brown stink bug are
slightly smaller than those of the green stink bug. Leaf footed bug eggs are slightly
keg-shaped.
A good sign of Tomato Canker is when the leaves  start drying up while still
attached to the stem. Vascular tissue is discolored, brown, or brownish-yellow,
and a characteristic yellow slime can be squeezed from affected stems. The
bacterium that causes this disorder may be seed or soil born.

An organic easy fix would be see the page on
Organic Solutions. On that page
you will find all the Organic Ways to prevent the Tomato Canker from making a
poor harvest in your garden. Remember for the very best harvest be sure to feed
your plants Tomato Plant Food - Tomato Plant Tea - Tomato Plant Vitamins
Botrytis Gray Mold:
regular schedule. Then follow up with V8 Energy Drink. Plant garlic to keep out garden pests that bring
disease. Visit
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Give Tomato Plant Food and use Organic Vitamin s and your plants will produce all season for you.
Step 4:
Control Garden Pest and Tomato Plant Disease - The Natural Organic Way
Marigold Flowers and Elephant or Jumbo Garlic.
A fast and easy deterrent to  common garden rodents, rabbits and
insects and plants diseases.
In Sum:
An Ounce Of Prevention Keeps Garden Plants Happy and Healthy
Common Order Solutions to keep your plants happy.
No Matter What Kind of Plants You Garden
You Should Know What To Do Before Things Go Wrong!!
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Plant your Tomato plants according to the instructions from the following pages on this web site. Water
them as needed. And remember to feed your Tomato Plants. They will reward you  with a abundant tomato
harvest all season. But remember to feed them with Organic Vitamin  V8 Tonic and Tomato Plant Food.
Below is a short summary of the most common Tomato Plant Diseases. Control the health and quality
of your plants with disease prevention   gardening practices. Visit Organic Solutions for fast results.
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