Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Are you suffering from BER???


Welcome to my Dubai based container vegetable gardening blog.

Are you suffering from BER?  If so, you need to increase your intake of calcium.

For the past couple of days I noticed the first tamater turning red.  This morning I decided to pick it and show it off to Mrs. Bubba with pride.  Well, the pride was very short lived as when I turn it over and saw it had BER - Blossom End Rot.

So, I went to the www for info and discovered it is basically a lack of intake of calcium by the fruit due to irregular watering.  But, there are other causes and here is a link to Tomato Dirt  (a good source with a whole lot of info about tamaters) and what they say about BER.  The good news is it is not a disease or caused by an insect ( fungicides & insecticides are useless ) but rather a physiological problem that can be managed.  Be sure to read the info on the link as it is comprehensive.

I hope this was of help and that not many of you have this problem.  Note:  BER can also occur on peppers, eggplants, squash and watermelon.

Since we are on the topic of Tamaters  - why not something from Tow Mater!

As always please free to add your 2 cents in the comment box.

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