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Tomato Question #7217649
03/16/21 01:47 PM
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I think last year someone posted about putting an antacid table under the root ball when planting tomatoes. If you do this, tell me how many you use, and why you do it.

Re: Tomato Question [Re: Ranger109] #7217655
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Tomatoes need calcium. You can do the crushed up antacids, fish heads, egg shells, raccoon carcasses, etc in the hole . Latter needs to be done well before the planting season.

Re: Tomato Question [Re: Ranger109] #7217670
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I do it.It gives needed calcium to prevent blossom end rot.


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Re: Tomato Question [Re: Ranger109] #7217690
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I apply sweet barn lime in the fall

Re: Tomato Question [Re: Ranger109] #7217943
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I use a bit of lime and gypsum mixed with my potting soil when I move the seedling into solo cups.


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Re: Tomato Question [Re: Ranger109] #7217950
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Try calcium nitrate. The calcium is solvable and it has much needed nitrate. It was a win, win for me last year. Used to use epsom salt. Calcium nitrate is much better.


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Re: Tomato Question [Re: bowhunter27295] #7217973
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One advantage of having soil with pH levels well over 7 like we have where I garden.

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Re: Tomato Question [Re: Ranger109] #7218036
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We use feed lime itís a finer grind and cheaper to use on 400 plants.

Re: Tomato Question [Re: bowhunter27295] #7218039
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Originally Posted by bowhunter27295
Try calcium nitrate. The calcium is solvable and it has much needed nitrate. It was a win, win for me last year. Used to use epsom salt. Calcium nitrate is much better.

Two different things. Epson salt has no calcium. It is magnesium sulfate.


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Re: Tomato Question [Re: Ranger109] #7218227
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Calcium nitrate , in a garden store? Where do you find it?

Re: Tomato Question [Re: Tactical.20] #7218506
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Originally Posted by Tactical.20
Calcium nitrate , in a garden store? Where do you find it?


Our local Ace hardware sells it.

Re: Tomato Question [Re: Ranger109] #7218551
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This is what i use, you can apply periodically throughout the season and it gives them a nice little boost of fertilizer to!

Re: Tomato Question [Re: keystone] #7218577
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Some good tips! I like this product to battle blossom end rot...


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It's used as a foliar feed so it doesn't get tied up in the soil.


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Re: Tomato Question [Re: Ranger109] #7218585
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I throw egg shells in the garden all year long.
Also add some with each plant.

Re: Tomato Question [Re: sportsman94] #7218713
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Originally Posted by Tactical.20
Calcium nitrate , in a garden store? Where do you find it?


Our local Ace hardware sells it.

Thanks

Re: Tomato Question [Re: grapestomper] #7218715
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Originally Posted by grapestomper
I throw egg shells in the garden all year long.
Also add some with each plant.

I put probably a hundred or more shells in my compost pile in a year's time, I still need lime

Re: Tomato Question [Re: Ranger109] #7218716
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I use the stop rot , start spray weekly as soon as I see blossoms but should probably start sooner to encourage faster growth.

spray everything melons , zucchini , peppers , tomatoes if it has a blossom I spray it


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Re: Tomato Question [Re: Ranger109] #7218722
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2 aspirin and a handful of Epsom salts worked for me last year. Google ď things to add to tomato transplantsĒ

Re: Tomato Question [Re: Ranger109] #7218737
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SPEND THE MONEY AND GET A SOIL TEST!!! All these methods may be great (some more than others) but if you have soil problems with the same symptoms as calcium deficiency, you may be disappointed or "chasing a big doe instead of a trophy buck", with the results................. the mike

Re: Tomato Question [Re: Ranger109] #7218741
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Blossom end rot comes from a need for calcium, so I have read. Epsom salt is magnesium, not calcium.
Water tomato plants twice weekly for a total of one inch of water per week. Best to water in the AM. Daily watering is not recommended. Canít get through to my wife. She wants to use Epsom Salt and water every afternoon.

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