RE: [tomato] Watering Container Grown Tomatoes

Richard Dillon (
Sun, 20 Jun 1999 05:06:08 -0500

Edmund, we use bone meal mixed with water instead of lime.  You can punch a
hole on either side of the tomatoes, take a handful of bone meal and mix it
with 2-3 gallons of water, and pour it in those holes.  It works for us,
good luck, Richard

-----Original Message-----
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On Behalf Of Edmund C. Flynn
Sent:	Saturday, June 19, 1999 8:54 PM
Subject:	Re: [tomato] Watering Container Grown Tomatoes

Greg Park wrote:

> Ed,
> Thanks for the response.
> >And, for tomatoes, a scant handful of lime.
> Ahhh, the one thing I didn't it too late to add lime as a side
> dressing?  My plants are about 3 ft tall and starting to bear fruit.

Lime doesn't migrate through the soil very fast, so would probably not get
to the roots where you want it. Actually the purpose for lime is to prevent
blossom end rot which often developes in container plantings. Perhaps there
is a liquified lime that can be bought and there is a product that better
garden shops used to carry (hopefully still do) that is a specific for
blossom end rot. I wouldn't bother to buy it unless and until the first
sign of the problem shows up.