How to avoid blossom end rot

by Bud
(Viriginia)

When planting your tomato seedlings in the ground, grind up some egg shells into the hole before you cover it. The calcium will help prevent blossom end rot.

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Apr 17, 2012
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calcium ?
by: Anonymous

So would bone meal applied after planting might have the same effect ?

Mar 05, 2012
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Fixing a blossom end rot situation
by: Hondo

If you did not put in eggshells or they aren't working for you and blossom end rot is appearing. You can correct this, as I did last year by spraying the leaves with a cheated liquid lime, which is simply readily available calcium. Spray foliarly when fruits first start forming and again in a week or so

Jan 21, 2012
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Eggshells Experiment
by: Clark

Yes, I've heard many gardener's swear by this advice. It's not the only way to avoid blossom end rot, but it should help. You also want to avoid over-fertilization, which is very harmful and can retard calcium uptake.

Regular watering is also essential.

Speaking of eggshells, the proprietor at a local garden supply store once told me about a gardener who did an experiment where he varied the amount of crushed eggshells for each plant. Some tomatoes he added 1/4-cup of eggshells per hole, for some 1/2-cup and so-on up to 1-cup. He found a measurable difference in the growth of his plants -- the plants with the most eggshells grew largest and produced the most!

This anecdote is enough to get me interested. If anyone else has tried this or if you try this experiment this year, let us know your results!

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