by JoAnne Skelly

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August 14, 2012
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What's the black leathery spot on my tomatoes?

The long-awaited tomato harvest has begun.

Tomatoes are ripening, but what's with the blackened leathery spot on the bottom?

We put in all kinds of time and energy to grow lovely delicious tomatoes, but these are ugly.

The problem is blossom end rot (BER), a physiological issue. It's not a disease, so the unaffected parts of the tomato are still edible, once you cut away the blackened part.

BER can also affect peppers and eggplants, although the discoloration may look a little different.

This fruit disorder is directly related to soil moisture and soil calcium.

BER is common when …

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