Are your vegetables getting rot from the bottom? That can be the problem of blossom end-rot that is mostly seen on the first fruits produced by your plants. It usually appears on fruits when they are green.
So, today I am writing an ultimate guide for a person like you, who wants to become a smart gardener. I shall write about what is blossom end-rot, what causes blossom end rot, how to fix blossom end rot, what fruits get the blossom end-rot and so forth.
What is Blossom End-Rot?
Blossom end rot is a tissue disorder caused on the bottom of the fruit that makes it rot and reduce the quality of the fruit.
Bear in mind blossom end-rot does not spread from plant to plant because it’s not a fungus. It’s just the sign of calcium deficiency.
What causes the blossom end-rot?
As said before, the blossom end rot is caused due to the lack of calcium in the plant. Yet, it doesn’t always mean that your soil has low calcium levels.
Sometimes it occurs due to watering too much or under-watering. There are several more reasons which are as followed:
1. Plants roots are damaged.
2. The soil has an improper pH level.
3. Having too much nitrogen-heavy fertilizer in the soil.
4. Having high salt levels in the soil.
5. The soil is being overwatered or underwater.
Plants that get blossom end-rot:
Summer Squash (Zucchini)
Treatment and prevention for blossom end rot:
Many of you, wondering that can you stop the blossom end-rot once it starts. So here’s good news for you. Yeah, there are cures available.
1. Water regular while maintaining balance:
Don’t water too much or too little. Water when your plants need it. If you forgot or somehow didn’t able to water your plants, don’t overwater them.
If it’s raining make sure the soil is well-drained. If it’s hot mulch your plants.
2. Try to buy the vegetable varieties which are less sceptical to blossom end rot.
3. Test your soil:
Check the soil if it has calcium deficiency or not. If not, then add fertilizers, but if there is enough calcium in it. DON’T overdose your plant as over-fertilization is also harmful to your plants. Try not to use more fertilizer during early fruiting.
4. Avoid working near the roots:
Root damaging can affect the ability to absorb water and nutrients from the soil. Tomatoes especially.
Epsom salt for blossom end-rot:
Many people say that Epsom salt is good for blossom end rot. Well, it’s a myth. Don’t apply Epsom salt on your plants to prevent blossom end rot because it makes the situation worse.
“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”
– Leonardo da Vinci
Blossom End-Rot is caused by the lack of calcium in the soil. It is not a fungus. There is a myth that Epsom Salt can help with it, but it is wrong.
There are a few ways to prevent and cure blossom end rot. Like controlling water, prevent overdosing fertilizers.
Do let me know if it is helpful for you. If you have any question or any tip that I missed, do comment below.