Updated: Aug 27, 2020
We have discovered that some of our peppers have developed blossom end rot!
Blossom end rot is common on both peppers and tomatoes and its cause is simply a calcium deficiency. The plant needs calcium to help build the cell walls of the pepper fruit. If a plant is lacking calcium and the pepper fruit happens to be growing quickly and the plant can’t keep up with the supply of calcium needed, then the pepper will begin to rot.
The rotting is basically the cell wall collapsing. A lack of calcium in the soil, periods of drought followed by a large amount of water or overwatering can cause blossom end rot.
We will be adding garden lime (calcium carbonate) to our soil to raise the amount of calcium available to our plants. Tip: the parts of the fruit that are not affected by the rot are still edible, simply cut out the rotted part and enjoy!
"The parts of the fruit that are not affected by the rot are still edible, simply cut out the rotted part and enjoy!"
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