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Hi All,

I am getting blossom rot on few of my peppers. My
research says that this is due to a lack of calcium
in my soil.

I have seen recommendations to grinding up a TUMS, but
my soil is already alkaline.

What would you guys use to add calcium to alkaline soil?
Calcium citrate from the vitamin store is too expensive.

Many thanks,
-T

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T wrote:
Hi All,

I am getting blossom rot on few of my peppers. My
research says that this is due to a lack of calcium
in my soil.

I have seen recommendations to grinding up a TUMS, but
my soil is already alkaline.

What would you guys use to add calcium to alkaline soil?
Calcium citrate from the vitamin store is too expensive.


often it is called a lack of calcium, but what it may
also indicate is uneven watering or the lack of a decent
root system to support the plant and the development of
fruits.

also when you have very alkaline soils you should be
aiming to get the pH back towards neutral. adding calcium
will not do that. adding gypsum will not change pH.

adding organic matter and improving the garden soil in
a big enough area to support the plant and then making sure
it gets enough water is helpful.

making sure there is a wind block, mulch to prevent
water loss.

also perhaps there are peppers which will do better
in your climate, so research selections for your area
and soil type and see if there are any alternatives.

these are things i would work on.


songbird

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On 2020-09-14 16:19, songbird wrote:
T wrote:
Hi All,

I am getting blossom rot on few of my peppers. My
research says that this is due to a lack of calcium
in my soil.

I have seen recommendations to grinding up a TUMS, but
my soil is already alkaline.

What would you guys use to add calcium to alkaline soil?
Calcium citrate from the vitamin store is too expensive.


often it is called a lack of calcium, but what it may
also indicate is uneven watering or the lack of a decent
root system to support the plant and the development of
fruits.

also when you have very alkaline soils you should be
aiming to get the pH back towards neutral. adding calcium
will not do that. adding gypsum will not change pH.

adding organic matter and improving the garden soil in
a big enough area to support the plant and then making sure
it gets enough water is helpful.

making sure there is a wind block, mulch to prevent
water loss.

also perhaps there are peppers which will do better
in your climate, so research selections for your area
and soil type and see if there are any alternatives.

these are things i would work on.


songbird


I water three times a week. I did missing one watering
in the heat of August though. My two zukes got really
****ed at me.

Now-a-days, the soil feels ever so slightly damp when
I touch it before watering. And my sold changes color when
it dries out.

But, I don't know what I am doing, so...
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On 2020-09-14 16:19, songbird wrote:
but what it may
also indicate is uneven watering


You may have nailed it. Now that it is cooler, the problem
has vanished


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On 9/19/2020 5:19 PM, T wrote:
On 2020-09-14 16:19, songbird wrote:
but what it may
also indicate is uneven watering


You may have nailed it.* Now that it is cooler, the problem
has vanished


Other than evaporation, what does temperature have to do with hydration?
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RosemontCrest wrote:
On 9/19/2020 5:19 PM, T wrote:
On 2020-09-14 16:19, songbird wrote:
but what it may
also indicate is uneven watering


You may have nailed it.* Now that it is cooler, the problem
has vanished


Other than evaporation, what does temperature have to do with hydration?


transpiration through the leaves.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transpiration


however, this is BER we're talking about and the basic
problem during really hot weather is keeping nutrients and
water flowing towards the fruits evenly. if you have changes
then that affects the quality of the fruits.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calciu...plant_disorder)

peppers and tomatoes have the same sorts of reactions to
uneven water and nutrient levels.

here when it gets hotter i increase the amount i'm watering
to offset transpiration and evaporative losses. this year we
had a really hot spell early in the season and normally that
would result in some BER here, but because i watered more to
offset i had no BER this year at all in the tomatoes. the
few pepper plants i was growing i did not water as much at
that time and most of the fruits on the bell peppers were
stunted and poor quality with many showing signs of BER.


songbird
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On 2020-09-20 12:02, RosemontCrest wrote:
On 9/19/2020 5:19 PM, T wrote:
On 2020-09-14 16:19, songbird wrote:
but what it may
also indicate is uneven watering


You may have nailed it.* Now that it is cooler, the problem
has vanished


Other than evaporation, what does temperature have to do with hydration?


Yes, evaporation. Plants are like straws. They
suck moisture up from the soil and expire it out
the undersides of their leaves. The hotter the
environment, the more evaporation is needed by
the plant.



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