Yep. I am just about ready to give up on the elongated "sausage" fruit types -- I wanted to find the best tasting and over the years, tried growing San Marzano (3 different varieties), Jersey Devil, Jersey Giant, Cow's Tit, Polish Linguisa, another Polish variety that escapes me ATM -- Opalka!, Orange Banana, Green Sausage.... They ALL get the BER while others in the same bed, same row, right next to them look perfectly fine, or else will suffer first one or two, then nothing.
This year, I have Roman Candle and that's it, I think. Some of my Maglia Rosa crosses are elongated fruit types, but it remains to be seen whether they are susceptible. As far as I remember, Maglia Rosa wasn't too badly affected.
There ARE other shape fruit varieties that are also susceptible. I'm guessing if you HAD to grow them, it's best to plant them in a separate bed and concentrate on giving them the early and special care they need.
I did hear that foliar and liquid doses of calcium nitrate does work as calcium pathways bypass.
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