The Troublesome Condition of Blossom End Rot

8/27/2010
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blossom end rot imageTomato growers have come to know the troublesome plant condition known as blossom end rot far too well. This nuisance can become prevalent and widespread to the point of ruining whole patches of fruit-bearing crops. Even in the milieu of commercial growing, the problem can appear.

The source of this condition is dependent on environmental factors, especially those that influence the supply of water and calcium to developing fruits. The primary cause of blossom end rot is a lack of bio-available calcium in the soil. Symptoms can occur at any stage of fruit development but are most commonly found when the fruit is one-third to one-half size.

As the name implies, the blossom end of the fruit takes on small, water-soaked spots, which then enlarge and rapidly darken as the fruit develops. These lesions dry out and then become flat, black and leathery in appearance. If left untreated, it will surely kill off any chance of harvesting healthy fruit, and the plant will likely succumb to weakness and die.

Nevertheless, with a regular application of our exceptional plant nutrition product, Sulf-O-Cal, a gardener can prevent possible outbreaks of blossom end rot. By encouraging strong cell walls and premium color and flavor through the uptake up calcium and sulfur, plants will be less likely to manifest this condition.

Other fruits that struggle with blossom end rot are pumpkins, squash, gourds and peppers

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