Needing help re: Adding Calcium in the form of Gypsum to my Soil
Tis my first posting here.
My peppers are beginning to fruit and one of them has a black tip on it which after researching sounds as if it may be blossom rot. The only thing that causes me to not be certain that this is actually rot is, the pepper is only black in color on bottom third of pepper, but not actually rotted. Anyhow, assuming for a moment that the problem is, in fact, blossom rot, I see, after more research, that it is likely necessary for me to add some calcium to soil. Our pH is 8.0 and garden organic, therefore, Gypsum seems to be the best choice. ??? What I do not know are these things that perhaps y'all can help me with:
1. How much do I add?
2. Where, exactly, in reference to the plant, do I add it?
3. If I have Tomatoes very near by, should I go ahead and assume that they will likely end up with rot as well and go ahead and amend the soil near them as well?
4. How long will the calcium FROM this Gypsum actually take to get up into the plant? If it takes too long, I am afraid we will lose what we have. So far, we have 6 tomato plants and 6 pepper plants (3 sweet, 3 hot).
Thank you so much in advance!!