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Blossom End Rot on Vegetables

There is nothing more frustrating than planting and caring for your garden all season only to have problems right before harvest. Here are some tips for dealing with blossom end rot on veggies like tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, or squash. This is a guide about blossom end rot on vegetables.
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September 8, 2011 Flag

To prevent blossom end rot, put an egg shell at the bottom of each hole when you are planing your fruiting veggies (tomatoes, peppers, eggplants). For some reason they like and need a bit more calcium than many other veggies, and an egg shell does the trick.

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Source: Family lore passed down from my grandfathers (both).

By Eileen M. from Elk Grove, CA

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January 30, 20140 found this helpful

I read a tip on Thriftyfun about saving egg shells and putting them in the freezer to use when planting tomato plants. After reading the tip, I started saving all my egg shells. I rinsed the sticky stuff out of the shells and set them aside to dry. Then I crushed them with my hands into fine bits and put them into a zip lock freezer bag and put it in the refrigerator freezer. Each time I used eggs, I added the shells to the bag in refrigerator. When the bag got full, I transferred it to the big freezer. In the spring, I had enough to put a handful in each hole with the tomato plant. It really made a difference.

We ate tomatoes, canned tomatoes, froze tomatoes and shared tomatoes with friends and neighbors. It was well worth the little time it took to save those egg shells. I'm doing the same for this years planting. Thank you Thriftyfun for that great tip.

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April 27, 2016 Flag

Tomatoes with blossom end rot.

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This is a guide about dealing with blossom end rot on tomatoes. Blossom end rot is a common problem found in the garden on tomatoes and other garden produce. It is a sign of a calcium imbalance within the plant.

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June 17, 2012 Flag

What will stop my squash from rotting in early stage? After the bloom falls off, it starts rotting.

By Wayne

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June 18, 20120 found this helpful

The squash are not pollinated, you can do this yourself in the morning when the blossoms are open, mate the male to the female blosom, I sometime use an artist paint brush to remove male pollen and brush it to the female.

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June 18, 20120 found this helpful

The squash are not pollinated, you can do this yourself in the morning when the blossoms are open, mate the male to the female blosom, I sometime use an artist paint brush to remove male pollen and brush it to the female.

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June 18, 20120 found this helpful

The squash are not pollinated. You can do this yourself in the morning when the blossoms are open, mate the male to the female blossom. I sometime use an artist paint brush to remove male pollen and brush it to the female.

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June 8, 2012 Flag

My squash is rotting on the ends. They are about 3 inches long and the ends are rotten. This happened last year. The plants are beautiful and full of blooms. I have both yellow and zucchini.

By Joyce

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June 11, 20120 found this helpful

The fruit dies off before reaching maturity because they were never properly pollinated.

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April 21, 2012 Flag

I live in central Louisiana and my yellow squash are rotting from the blossom end at very early age. What could be the cause?

By Dennis

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April 30, 20120 found this helpful

Either too much or not enough water is likely the cause. Look for bugs on the plants, also.

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August 19, 2011 Flag

The plants are fine and so are the tomatoes when they are green. The problem is while they are ripening on the vine they begin to rot. It is not blossom end rot because that is not where the rotting is. They develop spots and begin to rot on the vine. I used calcium in the spring and Miracle Gro and the plants and early tomatoes (green) were beautiful, but when they started to ripen that is when they rotted. What could be the problem? Thank you for your help.

By Wayne B

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