It is very discouraging to reach out to pick your fresh squash or tomato and discover that the bottom has begun to rot. Blossom-end rot is a "disease" that affects tomatoes,melons, squashes, peppers, and cucumbers. It starts as a water-soaked spot on the blossom end of the fruit which turns leathery and dark brown. The area will eventually rot. Blossom-end rot is caused by the plant having a calcium imbalance. It can also occur in melons, squashes, peppers, and cucumbers.
There are different factors that can lead to a plant not being able to absorb enough calcium, including soil that is too wet or too dry, too much nitrogen in the soil, root damage, too-high or too-low soil pH, soil high in salts, or soil that is too cold. Prevention of blossom-end rot includes keeping the moisture level constant during the growing season, watering once or twice a week in dry weather, using mulch to lessen evaporation, keeping the soil pH near or at 6.5, and allowing the soil to warm before planting. In our area, the primary cause of this calcium deficiency is the severe moisture swings inherent in the Georgia summer. We are usually very hot and dry and then experience drenching storms. This washes the calcium out of our soil.
Adding a tablespoon of bone meal to the bottom of the hole when planting, can give you a head start in blossom end rot prevention. But usually we are not aware that we have a problem until we go to pick our fruit and discover that it is ruined.
Fortunately, there are affordable products that can really help with blossom-end rot Tomato Rot-Stop, 32 Oz.. Tomato Rot-Stop, 32 Oz. is an all-natural product which will prevent calcium deficiency. It is a spray that comes ready-to-use and is absorbed quickly by the plants.
Enz-RotTM Blossom End Rot Concentrate Spray is another great product that will rescue your fruit yield.
Another product to help your tomatoes is Blossom Set Spray, 8 Oz.. Blossom Set Spray, 8 Oz. can double your tomato harvest and allow for an earlier harvest of up to 3 weeks. It is a natural plant hormone which helps the blossoms set fruit even with poor weather. Blossom Set Spray will help almost every blossom to bear fruit. It produces meatier, bigger tomatoes with less seeds. It is all-natural, and can also increase the fruit set of melons, cucumbers, peppers, eggplants, and strawberries.
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