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Tomato plant
March 25, 2014
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I have a tomato plant in cocopeat media growing well the first 1-2 fruits had this blossom end rot,heard due to over or under watering ,so I have been careful with watering .still all the subsequent tomatoes start with black streak and ends up with the rot at the bottom.any suggestions to prevent that.
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March 27, 2014
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I am growing tomatoes in cocopeat as well as in soil. this problem seems to occur only in cocopeat medium. This is calcium deficiency, now it may not be due to absence of calcium but because of plant's inability to absorb it. Cocopeat has a very acidic Ph, tomatoes absorb nutrients best with a Ph of 6.5.

Some solutions:

add spoon tip of lime(used for whitewashing) to a liter of water..pour it to the base of plant.

water tomatoes regularly with neem cake tea(take some neem cake in a old sock and use it as a tea bag in a bucket, try to get a dark colour).

add any rotten milk product to cocopeat(though it might smell bad).

None of the above solutions may work but they are your best bet.

It is said that plants take care of their calcium need by just using what is already present in water.

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March 28, 2014
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Thanks ,will try that.

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April 1, 2014
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Boron deficiency could also be one of the reasons. Typically over watering would result in cracking of the fruit.

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April 9, 2014
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How do I add boron? And how much?
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April 10, 2014
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You can get Boron from any fertilizer shop. The package should have the instructions for usage.

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