Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Wednesday 2nd August - Blossom End Rot

I think that grow bags were on special offer and that must be why 6 tomatoes were planted into bags rather than straight into the soil. Mel inserted some plastic bottles to improve watering however in this hot weather it isn't enough and Blossom End Rot has appeared.

The greenhouse tomatoes are slowly ripening however one of the giant harbinger tomatoes has vanished! We must have a tomato predator in there.


Anonymous said...

Some neighbouring allotmenteers use grow bags, but put a large 10 to 12 inch flower pot on top, with it's bottom cut out to hold extra soil, (with the plant in the top of that!)
You can now buy purpose made ones to fit on top of grow bags.

The advantage of grow bags is that in hot weather it does hold the water near the roots rather than it all draining away, also if you cut the slits in the bags and insert your plant in, the plastic covers over the roots and stops all that dehydration.

Most people have got a bit of blossom end rot in this weather, so don't feel too despondent. Some varieties are more prone than others. The trick is to grow a variety. Gardeners delight seems to be fine, I've had a bit on Alicante, the beefsteak ones are OK, and a new variety Firlene (blight resistent) seems to be OK .

Joy Bird

Allotment No 21 said...

Hi Joy Bird,

Thanks for that, it makes a lot of sense.

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