Dusted tomatoes with lime & sprayed peppers with Epsom Salts


Following the advice by the old very successful truck farmer as taught to Ted, I dusted the tomatoes with lime. The concept is that the calcium in the lime is absorbed through the leaves and helps with water absorption and thereby helps prevent blossom end rot. We only found one last week with the rot so this dusting is preventative–I hope.

The No. 6 grade lime was put into a double layer of loosely woven cheesecloth like material we bought at WalMart for shaking on Sevin.

Several folks on the internet talk about the value of the magnesium in Epsom Salts with helping pepper plants bloom. As our bell peppers and serranos are healthy plants with no blooms I mixed 2 tablespoons in 1 gallon of water and sprayed all the pepper plants. The healthy plants could indicate over-fertilization and the advice below is again Epsom Salts.

There’s a quick fix for over fertilization [of peppers]. Spray the plant with 1 teaspoon of Epsom salts dissolved in a spray bottle of warm water (4 cups of water). This gives the peppers a boost of magnesium, which facilitates blooming, hence fruit! Spray the plants again 10 days later.

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