August 1, 2022
Searles Gardening Team
What are Blossom End Rot symptoms?
A common ailment of tomato and capsicum is blossom-end rot. This condition affects the fruit — not the blossom or flower itself. The condition gets its name because the symptoms appear at the ‘blossom end’ of the fruit — the opposite end to the stem.
The first sign of blossom-end rot is that the end of the fruit becomes off-whitish to brown in colour and takes on a ‘sunken in’ appearance. As the fruit matures, these symptoms become more pronounced and the colour of the rot becomes dark brown to almost black.
Blossom end rot is caused by insufficient calcium supply however, the most common cause is from irregular or insufficient water during the critical growing period of the young fruit. Even when calcium is in sufficient supply, a plant receiving insufficient or irregular water will have difficulty absorbing and delivering calcium to the fruit.
How to control Blossom End Rot