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Apples - Calcium Applicaions?

Posted by Appleseed70 6 MD (My Page) on
Sun, Jul 27, 14 at 11:13

I've been reading about bitter pit and calcium applications. Although I've never seen any BP in any of my apples, I don't really store them either...I've read it often shows up in storage.
Questions are:
Do any of you apply calcium?
If so, how...foliar or soil application?
BIG Question: do you use cacium nitrate, calcium carbonate or calcium sulfate? All three forms are available on Ebay and all are very inexpensive.
UC Davis recommended 3 foliar applications (calcium nitrate) June, July, August. I'd rather stay away from foliar applications because of washing off my pest sprays. Foliar I suspect is quickest, but since I have no issue at this point would slower soil applications be ok?
Maybe I could add calcium nitrate to insecticide/fungicide sprays? I searched for this, but came up empty.
Should I bother with it at all?


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RE: Apples - Calcium Applicaions?

Similar to Blossom end rot of tomatoes in that it's a transport problem and not necessarily a calcium shortage in the soil.

Some apples are more susceptible that others.

May show up while still on the tree.

Search for "bitter pit in home garden apples" but no quotes
See the link

Here is a link that might be useful: bitter pit


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