Pepper Plant

Tomato/Pepper Blossom End Rot


UrbanFarmer added on July 10, 2012 | Answered

I have several vitamin supplements, 1 is CalMax with calcium and magnesium and vita-C. The cal. is 400mg/2teaspoons: mang @ 200mg. I was going to mix this with epsom salts in 3 gallon sprayer. I know epsom salts is Magn. loaded. I have 4x8 x 10 in. tall raised beds. My question is, will this help? The peppers get mid day wilt and new sets had end rot. Some of my roma's show end rot. Heavy set on roma, it was over 100 for past week here. I use soakers. My usual fertilizer is a 10-10-10. I think my water runs on the alkaline side since house plants don't do well either. My soil is clay on lime stone, but beds are 3 yrs old/trucked in topsoil with amendments. Found out tomatoes don't like too much Nitro. Monster plants, decent yield but they got up to 8 ft, lol. I know lawn/grass better, except drought in midwest, don't have that issue. My cukes have already produced 40 lbs off 4 plants since planting May 31. I have 10 plus tomato plants, so my 'mad scientist' theory is just that and suggestions. Can lose a few. . . painful as that is. Will this help calcium/mag. uptake? Planned on pulling back wheat straw mulch and dampen soil after a soak.


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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Answered on July 15, 2012

The mix may help, but to be honest it sounds like the plants are not getting enough water. If they are wilting mid-day, then the water is not getting to the roots like it should. You may want to water deeper. 9 out of 10 times, when you see end rot, there is enough calcium in the soil. The problem is that the plants don't get enough water to be able to transport the calcium in the soil to the fruit in the plant. Watering the soil deeper normally fixes this problem.

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