I planted early, I transferred late.
Perhaps it's something that they ate.
The soil was cool, the soil was dry.
I will not scream, I shall not cry.
I'll water more;
I'll give them phosphors.
I'll watch them grow, my garden prospers.
-njHe who mows noticed first. "That tomato has a spot," he said.
Blossom End Rot.
There is no cure, just prevention.
The spotty ones, the biggest, have been removed.
I'll keep a closer eye.
You often read that a lack of calcium causes BER.
It's a lack of calcium UPTAKE from the soil, usually
related to not enough water to ensure that calcium gets to
fruit or some other environmental causes like cool soil.
I know the potting soil has lime, because the hydrangea
cuttings I rooted are blooming PINK.
If a lesion starts from the stem end, it might be a virus or
insect damage. Water discoloration on the blossom end turning
into a black spot is BER. Early fruit is more prone, they say.
Maybe the soil was too cool at first. Maybe they got too
dry. Maybe the potting soil lacked something or had too
much of something. I'll water more carefully and give them
some phosphorus-rich fertilizer. This one looks healthy.
Peppers can get BER, too. These are too small to tell, even
if the picture was clearer. I'm excited to see tiny peppers.
I felt like the Andrews brothers looking up little girl's dresses in
the second grade, trying to get a good look at tomato bottoms.
I don't know if Eggplants get blossom rot.
I just wanted you to see the blooms.
That's a tree bloom, not a critter on the leaf.
Eggplants would be worth growing for the
ornamental aspect even if you didn't get fruits.
I looked at Cornell University Extension site for information.
If you want to read about Blossom End Rot at the cellular level here's a link to
with detailed information. That's your lesson for today. Test tomorrow.