[Homestead] Corn and Tomatoes, was varieties of this and that
jeanne13 at earthlink.net
Mon Jul 26 16:52:17 EDT 2010
Bev....I have the exact same thing on the roma type of tomato I have. It was a shock when I cut it into slices and found that icky spot. The variety was a gift from a friend who raised the plants from seed in her green house in sterile soil. It was transplanted into organic growing medium and I transplanted two plants into my 22 inch diameter by 18 inch deep black plastic tubs. The tomatoes are called Healthy Kick. The Dirt I used to fill my containers was a mix of compost (organic), peat moss and vermiculite. This was the second year I planted in that mix so this spring I added 2 inches of compost and after the plants were in I used an inch or two of shredded mixed leaves to retain the water.
That's my story!
Sent: Monday, July 26, 2010 4:27 PM
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Subject: Re: [Homestead] Corn and Tomatoes, was varieties of this and that
I don't think it is a calcium deficiency because the soil test shows
that it is actually calcium rich. (I do add eggshells though, btw).
Anyway the Ca may be bound and locked up by something else, but there is
Ca in the soil. This is definitely not what I would describe as a
cavity. It is more like a blackened core, and is only on one side (when
I cut the tomato longways). Externally, the toms and plants are picture
perfect, and this only is affecting 20-30 percent of all of Roma types,
not every tom is affected. The defect that I am picking out is the size
of a dime, and looks like a smashed, blackened strawberry due to the
white immature seeds. Adjacent flesh and seeds seem normal. I guess
the best description would be a flattened tumor within the core of the
>> snip< I'm getting lots of tomatoes this year, but I'm seeing a
>> virus in my Roma X Amish paste that I have never seen before. The
>> plant and fruit looks perfect, but inside, there is a black, hard,
>> atrophied area at the seed core where there are underdeveloped
>> seeds. I've been slicing the tomatoes lengthwise and scooping out
>> the dime sized bad area, but I would like to know what caused it.
>> I've been saving these tomato seeds for a few years now. They are
>> good paste tomatoes, mostly a cross between Roma and Amish paste-pear
>> shaped and larger than the average Roma, but I haven't seen this
>> problem before. Is it a bug, a climate-related disease, or a virus?
>> I haven't seen this occur in any of the other varieties.
> Your tomato problem is possibly a calcium difficiency. It not only
> blossom end rot and leaf curl but will sometimes cause what they call a
> "cavity". Usually not in tomatoes but I have seen it happen. Put
> lots of
> crushed up egg shells in the ground that winter and the following year I
> didn't have the problem.
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