Blossom End Rot

There are several factors that inhibit calcium uptake for proper crop development.

These include:

  • Irregular or inadequate watering and

  • Second, excessive nitrogen fertiliser application during the growing stage of the fruit formation.

Calcium deficiency appears on younger leaves and the fruits (blossom-end rot) because of the low transpiration rate.

blossom End rot

This, therefore, means that mineral can be available in the soil but the plant is unable to take it.

There aren’t many more frustrating things than growing seemingly healthy tomatoes, those plants setting an abundance of flower and fruit, and then, once your tomatoes fruit, they rot away from the base. This is condition, called Blossom End Rot (BER).

Blossom End Rot is caused one of two ways: by either a soil calcium deficiency or disruption of soil calcium uptake by the plant.

Two ways to prevent BER:

  1. Do Soil Test really know if your soil calcium level is sufficient.If your soil test indicates a pH below 6, it will give a lime recommendation.

  2. Consistent watering. BER though caused by calcium deficiency, it can be induced by creation of distinct wet and dry periods from non-regular watering, interfering with calcium uptake and availability to the plant.

It’s also good to keep in mind that mature tomato plants use large quantities of water daily.

Allowing your plants to wilt down before providing additional water ruins productivity and can induce BER.

BER is totally preventable.