This is the time of year that you may have problems with developing fruit.

Here are 2 common problems with developing fruit:

The tomato on the left is sunburned. This is caused by moving the plant or transplanting and exposing fruit to the sun that wasn’t exposed before. This tomato came from my garden and happened when I transplanted a seedling out into the garden.

The tomato on the right is Blossom End Rot. This is usually an early season problem and depending on the cause, may go away

later on in the summer. It can be caused by watering too frequently, temperature swings and lack of calcium. Obviously we can’t control the weather but two of the 3 causes can be corrected! You can prevent calicium deficiency by adding Epsom salts or crushed eggshells to the hole when planting the tomato. To stop or treat blossom end rot caused by lack of calcium you can apply a calcium spray, available at The Greenery. Additionally it is best to check your watering.

How to water a tomato plant

It is best to keep the leaves dry and only water the established plants when they actually begin to wilt, typically every 7-10 days once established. When watering, do so thoroughly and deeply. Please note, this applies only to tomatoes in the ground. Potted tomato plants will need water more frequently but still only when wilting. However, make sure the plant is wilting in the evening, if it is wilting in the afternoon but looks okay in the evening it doesn’t need water!