I planted tomato plants last year...

by Don15614680
The tomatoes were not very good and the taste of them were different. I think it was from the red lava rocks.
  6 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Apr 30, 2017

    There is no nutrients to supply to the plants when lava rock is used.

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Apr 30, 2017

    I always use mulched leaves or cut grass for my vegetable garden with excellent results. I would never use rocks, as Janet stated above you get no nutrients from rock and they also can collect an awful lot of heat when it is sunny and hot. Change what you use and see if that makes a difference this year. Leaves and grass are free and can be worked into the soil next year to beef up your soil.

  • Dfm Dfm on Apr 30, 2017

    check with a nursery - some types of tomato do better in some location than others. if the lava rock is your only place to put the tomato- containers might be an option.

  • DW DW on Apr 30, 2017

    Those tomatoes didn't know that red lava rock was there, except some contend the red reflection will make the maters more red. Don't replant tomatoes in same place as last year..plant them DEEP (2-3" above dirt) best to have soil tested but use a good balanced fertilizer if you don't, work into ground, put 1T epsom salt around plant & in hole when planting. mulch well, water on regular schedule 1-2x a week, early morn. is best, use a soaker hose if possible, don't spray water over plant. If you're up north, don't plant until after mid-may, tomatoes don't like warm,cold,warm,cold nites...they're definitely warm weather plants.

  • Cori Widen Cori Widen on May 01, 2017

    Make sure that you're planting them in a different place from where you planted them the year before!

  • Don15614680 Don15614680 on May 01, 2017

    Thanks to everyone who replied back about my bad tasting red lava rock tomatoes. Received good info.