Tomatoes, peppers, squash and eggplant often suffer from this affliction. It shows up as a blackish spot on the end of the fruit, opposite the stem. It is usually the result of overly wet or acid soil keeps the plant from absorbing calcium that builds cell strength. To prevent blossom end rot, apply a half cup of lime around the base of the plant, and water in. Mulch around the plant to help the water drain properly.
See these examples of Blossom End Rot
Here are some tips for preventing Blossom End Rot
- Make sure the plant in question is growing in well-drained soil
- Soil should be kept evenly moist but not wet.
- Sprinkle half a cup of lime around the base of the plant, and water it.
Blossom End Rot is most common during the Summer months, especially in June and July when there has been excessive rainfall or dryness. With proper cultural practices Blossom end rot can easily be avoided.