University of Florida

Catfacing

Cause

Abnormal development of the flower pistil.

Affects

Fruit, starting at the blossom end.

Symptoms

Malformed fruits with protuberances, creases, cavities and/or blotches affecting the blossom end and often the whole fruit.

Favorable Conditions

Prolonged cold weather during flowering, improper fertilization before or during flowering, exposure to growth-regulant types of pesticides. Prevalent some years in early spring in areas 2 and 3 (Appendix 9).

Catfacing Picture

fruit showing catfacing
Image # 142
Catfacing-
abnormally swollen and pitted fruit, usually including the blossom end.