BER - beautiful green ones still on vine -

Bill Shoemaker wshoemak at
Mon Aug 14 09:49:39 EDT 2000

>have learned from BER conversation that lack of calcium and inconsistent
>water /drought are causing my BER - should i pick all the beautiful green
>tomatoes that are on the vine now - feed and hope that new ones will make
> I'm assuming that if they are big and green now - the damage is internal
>will still appear.
>please advise
>many thanks
>morning glory farm

    If you can provide adequate water at this point you will probably see
them develop properly. Usually the tissue deterioration is apparent right
away - a small spot will develop on the blossom end (bottom) of the fruit.
It will be dark and slightly concave. If you really prefer them to be ripe,
hang in there, water them and provide an organic mulch. A healthy layer of
organic mulch will stabilize water supply somewhat and help avoid BER.

Bill Shoemaker
Sr Research Specialist, Food Crops
Univ of Illinois - St Charles Hort Research Center

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