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Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 07, 17 7:23 am    Post subject: Squash  Reply with quote    

I have managed to get a squash to grow successfully for the first time, but the fruit seem to get to just a few inches across then rot off. Any idea why, or what I am doing wrong? It is in a greenhouse.

Shan



Joined: 13 Jan 2009
Posts: 7235
Location: South Wales
PostPosted: Mon Aug 07, 17 8:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Most likely blossom end rot. It's a calcium deficiency.

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 08, 17 7:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Thanks Shan, although how it can be a calcium deficiency in our soil I can't think. I will try to feed it some chalky water.

Shan



Joined: 13 Jan 2009
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Location: South Wales
PostPosted: Tue Aug 08, 17 7:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Sometimes happens when the nitrogen is too high. Plant grows too quickly to take up the calcium it needs.

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 09, 17 6:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Thanks, I did give it some compost and perhaps some worm compost and charcoal mixed in, so it would have quite a lot of nutrients and it is massive.

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