|Blossom end rot on peppers (Photo: N. Goldberg, NMSU-PDC)|
The disorder first appears as a brown discoloration on the blossom end of the fruit (the end opposite the stem). On chile fruit, the spot occasionally will be off to the side of the blossom end. The spot enlarges as the fruit matures and may eventually cover up to half the fruit. With age, the lesion tissue becomes sunken and leathery. Eventually, secondary fungi or bacteria may invade the tissue. Secondary invasion results in a black or watery appearance. Affected fruit ripens faster than unaffected fruit.
|Blossom end rot on peppers (Photo: J. French, NMSU - PDC)|
|Blossom end rot on tomato fruit (Photo: NMSU-PDC)|
|Blossom end rot on pepper fruit (Photo: J. French, NMSU-PDC)|