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Re: Tomatoes! blossom end rot


Yeah- I'm willing to put some calcium in the soil in the pot, but that's about it. I always have more tomatoes than I can eat anyway, so if I don't get any from the pot, oh well.

Theresa

Zemuly Sanders wrote:
Theresa, you might need lime. That enables the tomatoes to utilize the calcium. There is a great article on the University of TN website re growing tomatoes. This year I have also suggested that people spray their tomatoes with a lime solution to have a faster effect. The lime needs to be worked into the soil prior to planting.
zem
zone 7
West TN
----- Original Message ----- From: "Pam Evans" <gardenqueen@gmail.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Friday, July 13, 2007 4:27 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Tomatoes! blossom end rot


I'm sure that would do fine.  I do eat eggs (4 a week) so this gives me a
good way to recycle the shells and save a few bucks at the same time.

On 7/13/07, james singer <islandjim1@verizon.net> wrote:

You can get ground oyster shell at a feed store. Cheap.

On Jul 12, 2007, at 9:20 PM, Theresa W wrote:

> I don't eat eggs very much, so I think I'll need to go buy some
> calcium.  But thanks for the info.
>
> Theresa
>
> Pam Evans wrote:
>> Theresa, I always save my eggshells, let them dry and grind them up.
>> I mix
>> them into the ground when I plant peppers and tomatoes and top dress
>> w/
>> crushed eggshell once a month thereafter.  No more blossom end rot.
>> Quit
>> eating and growing tomatoes about 5 years ago (horrendous heartburn)
>> but it
>> always worked.
>> On 7/12/07, Jesse Bell <silverhawk@flash.net> wrote:
>>> NOW...if I can just manage to harvest a tomato!!! I have some small
>>> ones
>>> growing from the baskets, but with the overcast weather we have had
>>> for
>>> over a MONTH now, they don't get the sunshine they need. Still got my
>>> fingers crossed though. I LOVE the fact that the cutworms cannot get
>>> them. I hate to kill those because they become luna moths and I think
>>> they are beautiful - this way it's a win/win situation (so far).
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> Lynda Young <lyoung@grindertaber.com> wrote:
>>> That's interesting, Jesse. I, too, have miserable luck with tomatoes
>>> and
>>> have been wondering if those planters are worth the investment. I
>>> might
>>> have to give them a try. Thanks for the testimonial.
>>>
>>> Lynda
>>> Zone 7 West TN
>>>
>>> -----Original Message-----
>>> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
>>> Behalf
>>> Of Jesse Bell
>>> Sent: Thursday, July 12, 2007 1:02 PM
>>> To: gardenchat@hort.net
>>> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Tomatoes!
>>>
>>> O.K. - my 2 cents worth and experiment with tomatoes this year. I
>>> grew
>>> the BEST tomatoes when I lived in Kansas City, and since then, I
>>> cannot
>>> seem to grow them for many reasons (Texas - too hot, too many
>>> grasshoppers that loved them, Oklahoma - those tomato worms either
>>> eat
>>> them to the ground in one day while I'm at work (grrrrr) or the
>>> weather
>>> is so crazy, they rot or dry up. SO - this year I bought two of those
>>> "hang-upside-down" planters from Gardeners Supply. I ordered the
>>> special
>>> dirt too. They hang on my back porch where the rain won't soak them
>>> (this year that has been a blessing), I can control the water they
>>> get,
>>> and they get plenty of sunshine, but shade too. So far - the cut
>>> worms
>>> have not been able to find them either. Haven't seen any spider webs
>>> on
>>> them. My other tomatoes are in large pots and have either rotted from
>>> too much rain, or the cut worms got them, OR the blossom end rot has
>>> them. So far, my hand-upside-down planters are the best ones so far.
>>>
>>>
>>> Here is the link for the planter:
>>>
>>>
>>> http://www.gardeners.com/Topsy-Turvy-Vegetable-Planter/default/
>>> StandardCatal
>>> og.PotsPlanters_HangingPlanters.36-450.cpd
>>>
>>>
>>> Aplfgcnys@aol.com wrote:
>>> I grow several varieties of cherry tomatoes in pots in my breezeway,
>>> and they all do much better than those in the regular garden - either
>>> the small ones or the standard size. The cherries are beginning to
>>> ripen and are so heavily loaded with fruit that some branches are
>>> breaking - helped by the squirrels that climb into the pots to get
>>> up to the bird-feeder. They do take a lot of water - sometimes
>>> twice a day in really hot weather - but I have grown them this way
>>> for years.
>>> The standard size in my garden are just beginning to set fruit. I
>>> never expect to have ripe tomatoes before the first of August, but
>>> the very cool nights earlier this summer - it was 41 degrees on
>>> July 2 - inhibited the setting of fruit. Even the local farm market
>>> does not have ripe tomatoes yet this summer.
>>> Auralie
>>>
>>> In a message dated 07/12/2007 11:08:37 AM Eastern Standard Time,
>>> tchessie1@sbcglobal.net writes:
>>>
>>> Thanks Patricia- I think that is may be impossible to keep a tomato
>>> plant evenly waters in a pot here. On the 4th of July it was 110,
>>> yesterday we had the oddest weather and it was only 87 and cloudy.
>>> So,
>>> I'll try adding some calcium to the soil and hope for the best. It is
>>> doesn't work, then oh well. I have 5 other plants in the garden with
>>> no
>>> problems. I'll just know not to plant in a pot int he future.
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
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>>>
>>> Jesse R. Bell
>>>
>>> "All that we are is a result of what we have thought." - Buddha
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>>>
>>> Jesse R. Bell
>>>
>>> "All that we are is a result of what we have thought."  -  Buddha
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Island Jim
Southwest Florida
27.1 N, 82.4 W
Hardiness Zone 10
Heat Zone 10
Sunset Zone 25
Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
Maximum 100 F [38 C]

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