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Tomatoes and Epsom salt

Posted by jtillerman none (My Page) on
Sat, Apr 14, 12 at 22:42

Does anyone put Epsom salt in the hole when they plant tomatoes

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RE: Tomatoes and Epsom salt

I use a little, although it may not be necessary. Epsom salt is magnesium sulfate. Magnesium is an essential nutrient but not much is needed and most soils have enough.


RE: Tomatoes and Epsom salt

If you pop on over to the Growing Tomatoes forum here (linked as a related forum on this one's front page) you'll find many discussions about the use of epsom salts - when, how, and how much.


RE: Tomatoes and Epsom salt

Adding epsom salts when planting tomatoes is a widely held "prescription for success." Unfortunately, it doesn't do anything unless the soil needs magnesium.

Only a professional soil test can determine if that's so.

RE: Tomatoes and Epsom salt

The first couple of years I grew tomatoes I had a lot of blossom end rot. Then I read some posts about calcium uptake & magnesium on the tomato forum. Ever since, I've added a handful of bonemeal & a handful of dried crushed egg shells into the hole. I stick the tomato plant in pretty deep with just a few inches of foliage above ground. I backfill, adding a handful of epsom salts along with the soil. Sometimes I throw a few Tums into the hole as well, but only if I'm feeling nervous... Occasionally one or two of the first tomatoes will have BER, but nothing like before.

RE: Tomatoes and Epsom salt

  • Posted by glib 5.5 (My Page) on
    Tue, Apr 17, 12 at 18:25

What if the soil needs sulfur? Or to rephrase, will this chemical lower or raise the pH?

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