sick tomatoes

Reply

  #1  
Old 06-16-02, 06:50 AM
texas lady
Visiting Guest
Posts: n/a
Unhappy sick tomatoes

hi everyone, have aproblem, i planted big boy tomates. had some that were ripe. harvested them . when i cut into them they have all had dark hard spots in the center. the spots inside takes uup over half of the tomatoe. i have never seen anything like this before. anyone know what is causing this. my plants are loaded. i sure hope we dont loose the entire crop.thanks again.
 
Sponsored Links
  #2  
Old 06-16-02, 05:12 PM
ByronB
Visiting Guest
Posts: n/a
"Might" be lack of calcium during fruit development.

Unven watering and excessive nitrogen top 2 casues.

Byron
 
  #3  
Old 06-17-02, 02:10 PM
texas lady
Visiting Guest
Posts: n/a
Question sick tomatoes

bryon thanks for your reply, but i have acouple of questions.first how do i find out if itts lack of calcium, and how would they get to much nitrogen? i use a soaker hoe in the garden. i check the soil with my finger to see how dry the soil is , by sticking my finger into the soil all the way. if it comes out dry then i water. i also use miracle grow on all my veggies. oh 1 more thing ,i used bloom set on the tomatoes for the first time this year, i was wondering could that be the culprit?as always thank you .
 
  #4  
Old 06-17-02, 02:39 PM
ByronB
Visiting Guest
Posts: n/a
Mirical Gro is your problem

Tomatoes only need an N = 3, MG is N = 15 or 5x more than they need. in a single application.

Did ja know you can grow great tomatoes with 2 cans of tuna fish. (;-,)
 
  #5  
Old 06-17-02, 05:46 PM
Gami
Visiting Guest
Posts: n/a
Hi Texas Lady,

Sorry for butting in, but Byron, would you please explain the tuna fish comment. That's a new one.

Gami
 
  #6  
Old 06-17-02, 05:57 PM
ByronB
Visiting Guest
Posts: n/a
Someone on GW said she only grows a couple plants a year. Instead of buying fertilizer, she feeds the plants a couple cans of tuna fish. About the same as fish fertlizer..
 
  #7  
Old 06-17-02, 09:12 PM
Gami
Visiting Guest
Posts: n/a
Well, Byron, all I can say is she must not have cats--or any other animal around that smells it. That fertilizer wouldn't last long in our garden. Neither does the leavings after fish are cleaned and buried in the garden unless it sets until it's rank--and that's not always left alone.

Gami
 
  #8  
Old 06-18-02, 04:36 AM
ByronB
Visiting Guest
Posts: n/a
Gami
1 can spread out over a 2ft dia. worked in the soil seems to be OK
 
  #9  
Old 06-18-02, 02:00 PM
texas lady
Visiting Guest
Posts: n/a
Question sick tomatoes

byron, thanks for your response. i didnt know that about the miracle grow. question, what kind of fertilizer would i use? and what about the 2 cans of tuna. could you please explain. also is there a better all purpose food, for all veggies or what? also should i keep using miracle grow on my flowering, such as ferns, vines, marigolds, etc. any and all help is very appreciated. thanks again texas lady
 
  #10  
Old 06-18-02, 02:19 PM
Gami
Visiting Guest
Posts: n/a
Hi Texas Lady,

Byron isn't into flowers, so I'll butt in again and answer that part. I use Miracle Gro on my flowers, and I think it works great. I also look up each individual flower and check to see what the recommended fertilizer is. It can get confusing. Some call for 10-10-10, some 20-20-20 and on and on. I have those on hand, so I use it for the plants that call for it and Miracle Gro on everything else.

Gami
 
  #11  
Old 06-18-02, 02:26 PM
ByronB
Visiting Guest
Posts: n/a
The objective is to keep the NPK numbers low, Like 5-5-5 or less

A plant the grows a little slower also grows stronger, High nitrogen forces a plant to grow rapidly at the expense of cell side wall strength.

Tuna, H'mm dead fish was used to raise corn on the Plymouth plantations in the early 1600's Nothing new.

Byron
 
  #12  
Old 06-18-02, 02:34 PM
Gami
Visiting Guest
Posts: n/a
Yep, Byron. That is probably the FIRST fertilizer. Our plants do seem to respond to the fish "guts", and the water that is diluted that they have set in for awhile. It takes awhile for them to decompose, and if some animal digs them up, it gets a little on the smelly side.

Gami
 
  #13  
Old 06-18-02, 03:44 PM
texas lady
Visiting Guest
Posts: n/a
Thumbs up

hi gami, thanks again for your response. i have just really gotten into gardening in the past few years. i read a lot on plants, gardening and etc. but i have yet to really get a good grip on it.my grandmother use to say , if you want to get next to God and Mother Nature just garden for a while. its the greatest of pleasures. and she sure was right. i wish i had a way of putting pics on the site, for everyone to see. everything is just beautiful. and you wonderful people at this site has helped so much. thanks again texas lady
 
  #14  
Old 06-18-02, 05:05 PM
Gami
Visiting Guest
Posts: n/a
Hi Texas Lady,

You're welcome--again.

Some of us here are also members of another garden board. Here's the link. This will take you into the General Gardening section. You can post photos there, or you can ask Marilee, the moderator to notify the techies and have them set up your own Gallery. To save time, tell her what you want your gallery named. Click on "ADD DISCUSSION", give your post a subject line and ask away.

http://community.sierra.com/[email protected]^[email protected]

You'll have to copy and paste the link.

Some of DIY's members have figured out how to post photos here, but you need to have them on a website.

I agree with your grandmother. Nothing like gardening and getting close to nature and God. It's the most rewarding hobby I have.

Gami
 
  #15  
Old 06-18-02, 06:20 PM
ByronB
Visiting Guest
Posts: n/a
"Who plants the seed beneath the sod, and waits to see, believes in God."
 
Reply

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Display Modes
'