Blossom end rot

I heard from the U Maine Cooperative Extension professionals.  The vegetable specialist said that the lesion is most likely BER, and that they have seen some in their trials.  And according to my Master Gardening instructor/hot pepper goddess, BER can begin developing many weeks before the fruit ripen, thus it could very well be irregular watering leading to irregular calcium uptake a month or more ago which led to the problem.

Given the very dry early summer we had, I am not surprised.  Even with the moisture retaining mulch, I suspect some of the plants got too dry especially given my intensive planting techniques.

I love referring to my inability to toss a viable seedling as my “intensive planting techniques.”  Behold the power of words.

4 Responses to “Blossom end rot”

  1. Jennifer Fisk Says:

    I too can’t seem to destroy good seedlings. This certainly leads to way too many plants in much too small a space though.

  2. S Says:

    Fascinating! That’s pretty much what I gathered from our extension info too. I’m thinking my more established beds are suffering from a bit of intensive management overload too! (ie,they are tired and overworked after 10 years!) and will get some extra amending this fall. Trying out some cover crops too.

    Also wanted to say I finally tried your roasted tomato/squeezo thing last night–it’s awesome! Even with a bunch of brandywines in the mix (which I know are not the perfect option for this, but I have too many) the puree is dark and thick, and will become amazing sauce today!

    • Ali Says:

      Glad you like the roasted sauce. I just can it straight up, and then use it for one of any number of things later. I even used it in the salsa I made last weekend.

      I just think it is so much easier, and I make all the sauce out of a mix of whatever tomatoes are available, Sungolds, Juliets, Cherokee Purples, whatever. It is all good.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    I’ve had this problem this summer too here in Ontario, again only with paste tomatoes. Apparently this kind of BER is called blackheart when it affects the inside of the fruit only. Arie

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