My plants have bumps on them that I've never seen before and the first 3
tomatoes all had dead tops with black bottoms. I'm new to container growing
and am not sure what is going on. We have had a lot of water, however, my
drainage is good. One plant is wilted, but the others are fine and all have
lots of flowers. Suggestions and comments are appreciated.
If they are white bumps on the stems, they are "adventitious root" buds,
and are normal in tomatoes but a sign that something *might* be wrong.
The black bottoms is "blossom end rot", which is caused by uneven water
availability and a calcium deficiency that makes the plant more
sensitive to the moisture problem. It sounds like your soil is
waterlogged. The roots are drowning, and the plant senses the humidity
in the air near the ground and is sending out new roots to hope with the
If you can loosen the soil a little, and apply a calcium suppliment,
like "Stop Rot" or gypsum or lime or egg shells or calcium nitrate. If
the plants were in the ground rather than in pots, I'd say you need to
loosen the soil around them to let air in, and mulch them to even out
the soil moisture.
Eggs shells are the least effective form of calcium -- or at least the
slowest acting. Try giving the plants a little epsom salts too.
Calcium and magnesium work together (calcium is probably more
important), and the magnesium in epsom salts is readily available.
Start with about 1 teaspoon per plant.
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