Friday, June 3, 2011

Hot, Dry Weather Causes Blossom End Rot

Tomatoes showing blossom end rot
Are the bottom ends of your tomatoes or squash turning black or leathery, or failing to develop properly? This problem, known as blossom end rot, is most common on tomatoes and squash, though it may also occur on peppers, eggplants, melons, cucumbers and zucchini. 

Blossom end rot is not a disease and does not spread from one plant to another. Instead, it is classified as a physiological disorder and is caused by a lack of calcium in the developing fruit. 

There are several factors that can lead to calcium deficiency in vegetable plants, all of which must be managed to prevent blossom end rot from developing at anytime during the harvest season. Find out how - read the rest of the story on the Pender Cooperative Extension website:
Blossom end rot on squash causes the bottom end of developing fruit to shrivel up. They may also turn brown and rot.

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