I am getting blossom rot on few of my peppers. My
research says that this is due to a lack of calcium
in my soil.
I have seen recommendations to grinding up a TUMS, but
my soil is already alkaline.
What would you guys use to add calcium to alkaline soil?
Calcium citrate from the vitamin store is too expensive.
In article <rjnncs$99l$ firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com says...
Just go to the garden section of Walmart, or any farm supply store. You
can find calcium and other chemicals for blossom end rot for under $ 20
and some under $ 10 depending on how much and what brand.
Look on Google for calcium for tomatoes and get many web pages on it.
often it is called a lack of calcium, but what it may
also indicate is uneven watering or the lack of a decent
root system to support the plant and the development of
also when you have very alkaline soils you should be
aiming to get the pH back towards neutral. adding calcium
will not do that. adding gypsum will not change pH.
adding organic matter and improving the garden soil in
a big enough area to support the plant and then making sure
it gets enough water is helpful.
making sure there is a wind block, mulch to prevent
also perhaps there are peppers which will do better
in your climate, so research selections for your area
and soil type and see if there are any alternatives.
these are things i would work on.
I water three times a week. I did missing one watering
in the heat of August though. My two zukes got really
pissed at me.
Now-a-days, the soil feels ever so slightly damp when
I touch it before watering. And my sold changes color when
it dries out.
But, I don't know what I am doing, so...
however, this is BER we're talking about and the basic
problem during really hot weather is keeping nutrients and
water flowing towards the fruits evenly. if you have changes
then that affects the quality of the fruits.
peppers and tomatoes have the same sorts of reactions to
uneven water and nutrient levels.
here when it gets hotter i increase the amount i'm watering
to offset transpiration and evaporative losses. this year we
had a really hot spell early in the season and normally that
would result in some BER here, but because i watered more to
offset i had no BER this year at all in the tomatoes. the
few pepper plants i was growing i did not water as much at
that time and most of the fruits on the bell peppers were
stunted and poor quality with many showing signs of BER.