Gypsum on Tomatoes & Epsom Salts on Tomatoes, Tomatillos & Peppers


5/10/2020 – Mixed Epsom Salts at 2 T/gallon and sprayed on the tomatoes and peppers.

To reduce the chance of blossom end rot in tomatoes, we implemented the following based on advice at Wood County Master Gardeners, Texas Agrilife Extension Service:

  • Mulched tomato plants- Used old hay to conserve moisture and help control the temperature.
  • Apply calcium in the form of gypsum (calcium sulfate) at a rate of 1-2 pounds per 100 square foot of soil area
  • IF BER occurs consider “spray the plant with a calcium solution at a rate of 4 pounds of calcium nitrate or calcium chloride per 100 gallon of water (or 4 level tablespoons per gallon of water).”

At the rate of 2 lbs/100 SF with the row 1.5 feet wide then a 67′ long row should get 2 lbs. If mix 1 lb in the 2 gallon watering can and poured it on one side and a second on the other side then it would be done.

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