Blossom End Rot

28 Dec, 2020

Lycopersicon esculentum. Also known as ‘blackheart’, blossom end rot appears on an array of edibles – including tomatoes, lemons, peppers, apples, eggplants and even watermelons.

The ends of the affected fruit present as a sunken, leathery, blackened scar that rots the fruit, damaging the core. In bad cases the fruit becomes inedible. While it most commonly appears on the first fruit of the season, it can happen all year round.

Blossom end rot is usually due to a lack of calcium, along with irregular watering. The rot is caused by the cells on the blossom end of the fruit dying and disturbing the natural growth process.



Make sure your tomato plants are well watered. If they are grown in the ground, they will need watering at least twice a week (possibly more, depending on the soil). Plants in pots may need watering every day over summer.

Always water your tomato plants around the roots and add mulch to avoid fluctuating soil temperatures. Feed them regularly with Kings Tomato food to ensure each plant has the nutrients it needs for optimal health.

Citrus and other fruit

Blossom end rot can also occur in other fruit, though usually only the first crop of the season is affected. To avoid blossom end rot in fruit, feed plants well with high quality liquid fertiliser such as Kings citrus and fruit tree fertiliser.


Blossom end rot is usually a result of inconsistent or not enough water, it can also be caused by lack of Calcium.

Ensure that you are watering deeply and regularly, water slowly and ensure that the water gets deep down to the roots. Feed regularly with a specific fertiliser for the crop that you are growing. E.G Kings Liquid Tomato Food or Kings Citrus Food.

Remove any affected fruit to encourage new fruit production.

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