- Peppers, tomatoes, squashes, aubergines and watermelons. Plants with soft, succulent fruits suffer the worst from this condition.
About Blossom-end rot
- Blossom-end rot is not a disease but is the result of a number of environmental and physiological factors.
- It's most common for the disorder to arise as the fruits are half way through their development.
- The disorder develops if the plant's water intake is not sufficient for example in drought, and consequently the plant cannot extract enough calcium from the soil.
- Plants grown in acid soil are at a higher risk of developing these symptoms.
- Over-watering can also cause the disorder.
- Blossom-end rot can cause considerable fruit/crop damage, sometimes with large areas of the fruit affected.
- The rot is not transmittable from plant to plant or fruit to fruit.
Products containing the following chemical ingredients are all effective on Blossom-end rot
Note: It is important to read manufacturer's instructions for use and the associated safety data information before applying chemical treatments.
- Use Organic fertilisers with added plant nutrients, especially those containing calcium.
- Try to maintain a constant soil pH around 6.5.
- Thorough checks of crops during the fruiting season will reveal the presence of this disorder and enable the growing conditions to be corrected.