What do you put in soil to stop bottom rot on tomatoes and when do you

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What do you put in your soil to stop bottom rot on tomatoes and when do you do

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  • Connie Connie on Jan 27, 2018
    Bottom rot is caused by lack of calcium. Sprinkle a little calcium around the the soil at the root & out to the diameter of the tomato & then water the soil. As it grows & it's time to fertilize, use 1 gallon of water with 1 tablespoon Epson salt added.
  • Mary Mary on Jan 27, 2018
    Oyster shells ground up - provides extra calcium throughout the season. Egg shells ground up are good too
  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Jan 27, 2018
    I take it you are referring to blossom end rot. It is caused by a calcium deficiency. It is most common in potted tomatoes, but can also happen in tomatoes in the garden. The easiest way to stop it is to get a spray calcium supplement you spray on the foliage at the first sign of it, or as a preventative when the tomatoes start changing colors. The foliar spray gets into the plant quicker. It won't stop what has already started, but will keep it from showing up in the crop that isn't affected yet. Repeat as the directions say to use it. I did this last year on my potted tomato with great success. You can put a calcium supplement in the soil when you plant, also you can use very finely crushed egg shells in the soil when you plant. Tomatoes need the extra calcium for a healthy crop. I had no problem with the ones in the garden, just the potted one. I hope this helps! I purchased mine at a local greenhouse that is close to me because it was in the path of the errands we were running, but I am sure you can find it at other stores, also.
  • Moo23921847 Moo23921847 on Jan 27, 2018
    calcium! any garden or feed store will have it.also make sure you don't over water. Water deep the let dry before watering again. need full sun.
  • Pg Pg on Jan 27, 2018
    I included 2 different articles on this. As far as when to treat the condition, the answer is two-fold. First, during planting you pay attention to the soil having good drainage and the correct pH, and treat the soil according to what it needs. Secondly, if you find the condition occurring, you test and treat the soil after you discover the condition. This is because it is not a disease, but rather a condition that occurs due to poor drainage or the soil lacking in certain ingredients. I hope my explanation makes sense.


  • Mcc24758194 Mcc24758194 on Jan 28, 2018
    i also found out if you keep the leaves from touching the ground it must help a lot. this last yr was first time without the rot.

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