Blossom end rot

  • About a month ago I discovered a few of my early tomatoes with black on the ends. I researched a bit and found that the problem is called blossom end rot. To solve it, I bought some bone meal and sprinkled it around the base of my tomatoes and watered it in. It worked! Now I have lots of healthy tomatoes and regularly check the ends – all clear! If you want to read up on blossom end rot a bit more, here is a good resource. Good luck with your tomatoes!


    June 6th, 2013 | 10 Comments |

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  • I hate blossom end rot, we get it sometimes but it’s hard to solve in containers 🙁

    Glad to hear you have solved your issue!

  • yes I’m so glad it worked for me. it’s a learning process!

  • Next time you plant tomatoes. Save a bunch on egg shells. Crush them up and add a handful in and around the hole as you plant them. That should also help with the problem. The rot is caused by lack of calcium.


  • Thanks Doug for the idea! I will try the egg shells.

  • Hi Melanie,
    I am new to your site, so you may have already answered this question, but I am wondering if you grow your tomato plants from seeds or if you buy them at a nursery? They are beautiful! I also am new to gardening and am having some difficulty with my tomato plants. I decided to start several different kinds from seeds about a month and a half ago and so far so good. By the way, I am enjoying your site very much. Thank you for all the wonderful ideas 🙂

  • Jenny,
    Hi! I mainly buy my tomato plants at the local walmart or home depot. Last winter after I emptied my composter into my beds, I had about 30 strays plants show up out of nowhere! I realized that they were all tomato plants coming from my compost. I moved them all together into two beds and had tomatoes through the winter. They were slower growing than the summer crop and I had to cover them 3-4 nights but it was fun to have tomatoes then. So that batch was from seed but usually I start from a plant. The thing about tomatoes is that you have to keep tying them up. They climb forever! I wish you much success in growing your garden. I knew nothing about gardening and just got started and today keep making new discoveries. It’s a fun learning process. Remember to water daily, fertilize weekly and check for bugs. Good luck and please stay in touch and let me know how your garden is growing.

  • I’m so glad I found you cause yesterday I just found 3 of my tomatoes with the end rot and was wondering what it was?
    I’m going to try the bone meal and hope that it works, mine are in a big pot. And I guess I should take out more leaves at the bottom?

  • Amelia,
    Hi! Yes bone meal works wonders! I have found that tomato plants need lots of nurtients so be sure and fertilize weekly. I have had success trimming the leaves at the bottom. I read that it keeps the water off the plant which can spread disease to the leaves. Good luck to you!
    have a great day!

  • Thank you Melanie for sharing. I have been gardening for about 8 months and I love it. So all the advise I can get, I truly appreciate. I have had some success with assorted veggies, herbs and seasonal veggies. I have been feeling brave, so I started a mango and avocado tree from seed. My husband and I are very excited about watching them grow. Our biggest challenge now, is keeping our chickens away from our plants… : D
    Happy Gardening

  • Jenny,
    8 months will turn into years for you, so glad you love it. I sure do! I don’t always have success with everything, but I keep trying, watering and checking and it is fun.
    Good luck with your chickens. I want some someday!

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