Blossom End Rot

Physiological Disorder

blossom end rot

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Blossom end rot can affect fruit at all stages of development. The characteristic symptom is a progressive deterioration of the blossom end of the fruit, from a water-soaked appearance to a sunken, black, leathery lesion. While secondary fungal infections may occur, blossom end rot is a physiological disorder caused by calcium deficiency induced by water stress.

Careful water management practices are a key. Irrigation and/or mulching are important. Application of lime or calcium prior to planting may help. Liquid fertilization using calcium nitrate can be used for small plots.

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