Tomatoes need calcium too!

Calcium deficiency in humans shows itself in bad bones. In tomatoes and bell peppers you get an ugly rot at the bottom of the fruit called blossom end rot. You can help your tomato plant out by making sure that the nutrient solution you give it is not low on calcium and that it is in the correct pH range around 6.0- this is especially true when you have lots of flowering. Also remove any small tomatoes at the first sign of the rot. This will assure that the remaining tomatoes get enough of the present calcium. If the deficiency is really high, you may consider spraying with a calcium chloride spray. Mix 4 tbs. of calcium chloride to a gallon of water and spray every 7-10 days until the rot has disappeared. Some garden centers sell pre-made calcium sprays.