BER

Written by Chris on May 19th, 2009

The dreaded Blossom End Rot has hit my jalapenos. The first peppers are getting larger and now have black spots on their blossom ends. A sure sign of the scourge of tomatos and peppers–Blossom End Rot (BER). After some online reasearch, it looks like I should have added some source of calcium to the soil before planting. Read on one site that this is especially true if you are growing in a container. Oops. Hopefully it’s not too late to get the calcium to the plant. In retrospect, I did other things wrong for container plants as I have learned–used soil instead of a soil-less mix, which appears to be the proper way to do container plants.

BER Dammit!

BER Dammit!

Yuck

Yuck

Other causes of BER are uneven watering and uneven fertilizing. But I will try the calcium first. I headed to a couple of nurseries today and tried to find some agricultural lime, to no avail. So I decided to try some gypsum after finding a page online that says it might work fine, so shaved off some scrap sheetrock I had in the garage. Worth a shot. Might be too late to amend the soil at this point. We shall see. Have also read that sometimes only the first round of fruit will have BER and it will work itself out in subsequent fruit sets……

 

1 Comments so far ↓

  1. Mimi says:

    Have you called John Dromgoole for his solution? Might try at his shop or weekend radio show.

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