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Patricia
Medium_image My vegetables are rotting on the bushes

My garden beds are raised off the ground, filled with soil and topped with horse manure. I am growing tomatoes and capsicum at the moment. The bushes are big and healthy with lots of fruit but my problem is the fruit rot on the bushes if I don't pick them half green. I water the plants with rain water either at night or early morning. The tomatoes Are almost finished but the capsicum are loaded and they are rotting too.

Submitted: 10:48AM, 19 Feb 2016
Answer: Hi Patricia,

Thank you for contacting us regarding your vegetable problem. The rot woulds like a disease called Blossom end rot, which is very common in tomatoes and capsicums. What happens is that the supply of calcium is not adequate to form the fruit properly. There are couple of reasons why this may occur. Lack of calcium available to the plant at certain times through its growth and moisture levels to the plant not maintained on a regular basis.

When first planting out your plants it is always a good idea to incorporate some Dolomite Lime to the soil (thus giving the plant calcium on an even basis that it will need to grow and produce fruit.)

Try to keep an even supply of water to the plant, on a regular basis.

Another possible cause for tomatoes planted early in cold soil are likely to develop blossom end rot on the first fruits, with the severity of the disease often subsiding on fruits set later. Thus, planting tomatoes in warmer soils helps to alleviate the problem.

Unfortunately there is nothing that can be done to help the affected fruit, but usually not all the fruit is affected and you will still be able to harvest part of your fruit.

Hope this would help and happy gardening.

Best Regards,
Louise
Yates Horticulturalist

Answered: 12:09PM, 19 Feb 2016

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