Every year, I hope we will avoid them, and yet every year we get them.
This year I’m trying not to be too upset about the troubles in light of the fact that we actually have tomatoes.
These are just a few of the issues we have going on in our tomato patch this summer.
Tomato Leaf Roll
This is a physiological problem most likely due to high heat and pruning.
There is some speculation that it might even be genetic; and since my Roma tomatoes don’t have it, I’m inclined to believe this is true. It isn’t pretty and unfortunately little can be done for it.
It can also happen when the plant is exposed to herbicides. Since we don’t use herbicides, our situation would be attributed to the cold weather. I knew this would happen when I set them out, but since it is just a cosmetic problem, and the fruit can still be eaten, I planted them anyway.
I have found that the large faced Cherokee Purples are much more susceptible to catfacing than any of our smaller shaped plum or pear varieties. (I still highly recommend Cherokee Purples however ~ wonderful, wonderful things. We grow them every year.
Blossom End Rot
This is a small round, rotting spot found on the blossom end of the fruit. Blossom End Rot is due to a lack of calcium in the plant. If the plants are allowed to dry out, the needed nutrients are not taken up through the entire system.
Since the end of the blossom is the furthermost part of the plant, it suffers.
Similarly, if the plant is overwatered, the root system rots, again blocking the uptake of nutrients.
The solution to the problem is to make sure that the plants are kept consistently moist.
A nice layer of mulch will help hold the moisture in the soil. In order to give our plants a calcium boost, I’ve always added a few eggshells to our tomatoes.
Since we have had our plants in containers this year, we’ve had a more difficult time keeping them watered, hence the rot.
We’ve been able to selvage a few anyway as some of the spots can be cut out if they don’t take over the whole fruit.
Anyone else growing tomatoes this year? What are some problems you have faced?