Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Tomato Blossom End Rot

Are the bottom ends of the tomato fruits on your tomato plants turning black or leathery, and failing to develop properly? This problem, known as blossom end rot, is very common on tomatoes, though it also occurs on peppers, eggplants, melons, cucumbers and squash. Blossom end rot is not a disease and does not spread from one plant to another. Instead, it is classified as a plant disorder and is caused by a lack of calcium in the developing fruit. It is very common for the first fruit that develop on a tomato plant to have blossom end rot, but for all tomatoes that develop during the rest of the season to be normal. In other cases, gardeners may loose fifty percent or more of their season’s harvest to this problem. There are several factors that can lead to calcium deficiency in tomato plants, all of which must be managed to prevent blossom end rot from developing at anytime during the harvest season.

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