Have you noticed tomato fruit that looks rotten on the bottom? A common problem in the garden, especially when growing tomatoes , and a commonly asked about topic, blossom end rot is usually seen in half grown fruits or early on in the season. So what is tomato blossom end rot and what, if anything, can be done about it? Read on to learn more.
Blossom End Rot on Tomatoes, Eggplants, and Peppers
As tomatoes reach the half-grown stage, the fruits that may seem fine otherwise can begin to develop hardened brownish areas along the bottom. These gradually grow in size and turn leathery and black by the time the fruit ripens into redness. This symptom, which can also occur on related members of the nightshade family, such as peppers and eggplants , is usually a condition known as blossom end rot BER. Despite the name, blossom end rot is not a bacterial rot, nor is it a disease.
How to Prevent Black Spots & Blossom End Rots on Tomatoes
Who put this disgusting black scab on the bottom of my beautiful tomato? Blossom end rot is caused by two things: a lack of calcium and inconsistent watering. However, you can still save the plant and any remaining tomatoes it produces. Put all rotten tomatoes in your compost and cut your losses.