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Even if you've never heard of blossom end rot, you've probably seen it on your tomatoes or other veggies. It's one of the most common and infuriating problems for vegetable gardeners out there. You see beautiful fruit on your veggie plants then all of a sudden this rot is all over making your beautiful veggies inedible.

Blossom end rot can most easily be identified by a discolored, sunken spot at the blossom end of the fruit, most commonly tomatoes. The spot will start out small, and grow larger and darker as the fruit continues to grow. Generally, blossom end rot causes the fruit to ripen prematurely, resulting in inedible fruit. The plant will generally show no signs of damage, and plant can appear to be quite healthy, yet the fruit will show the tell-tale signs of blossom end rot (blossom end rot can also develop on peppers, squash, eggplant and melons).

Blossom end rot is caused by calcium deficiency and/or erratic watering. When the plant is allowed to get too dry, or given too much water over a period of time, its ability to absorb calcium from the soil is diminished.

If your soil is low in calcium (as determined by a soil test) correcting the calcium deficiency problem is fairly simple. Spray the plants with Bonide Rot Stop. This is a liquid form of calcium that is absorbed via the leaves. We also suggest adding Jonathan Green Magical to your Soil.

If you are experiencing this problem or are having other issues in your garden stop on down. We also do free soil testing so bring a sample of soil with you so we can better diagnose any soil or garden issues you may be having. Our knowledgeable staff at Van Bourgondien Nursery are here to help your garden grow!

 

 



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