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Saw a gardening program on which the guy recommended adding calcium to tomatoes to help fruiting.

What are other people doing for their tomatoes?


We have plenty of calcium and magnesium in my garden soil but I still get “blossom-end rot” in my tomatoes (See https://www.canr.msu.edu/resources/blossom_end_rot_tip_sheet... ), especially in the first tomatoes of the season. Down here the first tomatoes are the only tomatoes of the season as most tomatoes won’t set fruit when the temperatures get into the 90s. It can be minimized /eliminated by adding a diluted calcium foliage spray or drench of calcium chloride or calcium nitrate. One can buy premixed stuff at the garden store but for you folks in the frozen north, calcium chloride is used to remove snow & ice in products from sidewalks/driveways instead of rock salt. We used it offshore for well control work and onshore to control dust. I remembers it cost something like $5.60/70# sack 20 years ago.

Now-a-daze, I get calcium nitrate at the local feed store for around $6 for a 4 pound bag. They recommend a level teaspoon per plant sprinkled around the base of plant followed by a second application two weeks later. I usually mix about a teaspoon in 2 gallons of water and sprinkle that over my 4 plants, which are in pots, every week or so.
;-)

C.J.V. - gots a pair of ducks eating my cherry tomatoes in the pot by the old swimming pool now, me
;-(
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