Experiment: Blossom End Rot in Yellow Squash

The same squash I’ve written about in the past – the poor bugger that was translated from the raised bed garden to a pot, just to be moved weeks later to the front yard in a part-sun location – yea that guy. Well, should it be any surprise that it has blossom end rot?

Did I know what that was yesterday? No.
Do I know what it is now? Yes.

I’ve had a few little, baby squish-squash rot from the bottom up and fall off before they got any bigger than a pinkie finger. I figured something wasn’t right so I looked it up and unfortunately it is blossom end rot. BER.

Knowledgeable gardeners would be saying “DER.”

Having looked into it, the most direct explanation is that the plant is not taking up calcium. This could be that there isn’t enough calcium in the soil or that there isn’t enough boron on the soil to allow for calcium uptake.

Now, this is the same excellent compost soil that my tomatoes are growing and thriving in. Tomatoes are also prone to the same blossom end rot disease. But, I have loads of healthy tomatoes on the vine not suffering from this same problem. So, I have some suspicion that calcium deficiency in the soil is not the problem.

So that might leave a problem simply with the plant not taking calcium in. I suspect it might be that the plant was transplanted out of its original spot into a pot at a pivotal point during its development. It was certainly larger than a seedling and it was pitifully wilted for about a day after the traumatic event.

The good news is that its in a pot. So if it is a soil problem, its much easier to fix the problem in a confined situation.

It’s so confusing to see such a problem with a plant that looks so healthy otherwise!

Maybe if I wait it out and let the plant re-establish itself it’ll produce some delicious yellow squash for fryin’ up! I’ve added some food scrap compost directly into the soil. Maybe that’ll give it a little pep in its step!

I’ll check back in on its progress. It would be nice to know definitively why this plant is have this problem. If only plants could talk!

I’d like to get to the learned part of this lesson already!

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