Hillbilly tomatoes

Peg Cook pegcook at northnet.org
Sun Aug 5 08:58:31 EDT 2001


Willie,
The key to the problem is dry water.  Keep in mind that the soil system is
like a continual chemical reaction going on.  There could be plenty of
Calcium in the soil, but, if the Calcium is in a liquid "solution" to be
uptaked by the plant, it will begin showing BER.  With the bone meal you are
adding you are applying both a Phosphorus and a Calcium source.

Peg Cook, Agronomist
Cook's Consulting
Lowville, NY.

pegcook at northnet.org
www.cooksagconsulting.com


----- Original Message -----
From: <mckemie at inetport.com>
To: "Market Farming" <market-farming at franklin.oit.unc.edu>
Sent: Saturday, August 04, 2001 2:36 PM
Subject: [market-farming] Re: Hillbilly tomatoes


> On Sat, Aug 04, 2001 at 08:51:03AM -0400, Peg Cook wrote:
> > Tom,
> > Blossom End Rot results from a shortage of Calcium in the plant.  The
soil
> > test may indicate sufficient Calcium, but, when hot, dry weather takes
> > holds, BER "blossoms" quite well.  There are BER potions on the market,
but,
> > if you keep sufficient moisture to the plants you will have less BER
> > problems.
>
> My perception is that it is just the opposite: tomatoes set in cooler
> weather are likely to have the malady.  Here, the problem crops up only
> on the earlier fruit; for each plant, the later fruit is much less
> likely to have it.  A scant handful of bone meal in each planting
> hole almost alleviates it for me.
>
> --
> Onward!  Through the Fog!
> Willie
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