Some Tomatoes are more susceptible to Blossom End Rot (BER) than others. It seems like any condition that causes them stress invites the cancerous blight. I say ‘cancerous’ because I think that stress is what causes deformed cells and deteriorating cancer-causing conditions in us as well. Why not ‘plant cancer’?
The stress this year was not enough constant water supply. Hey – let’s just say not enough water… period. It was so dry, remember? Lack of Calcium can have that effect too, but I don’t think that was the main problem this year. The proof was there: when I picked them only a certain size or stage of tomato had them. The first and last ones to form were fine.
I grow enough that it doesn’t matter that much if I lose a few.
What took me by surprise was how fast they turned red after I brought them into the house. I should have covered them with a blanket or paper to make them ripen slower. Instead I had to hurriedly peel and cook and can a ton at one time. I usually don’t have to do this kind of work with them until November when there’s a little more time!
I wonder how I can get this all done! I have to keep reminding myself that these are the things I love to do…why get stressed?