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Market Growers: Calcium nitrate, Nutriblend, application rates

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Woodville, TX

March 5, 2009
8:17 AM

Post #6223792

II really don't expect a reply to this anytime soon because we're all real busy in the garden now.

I have read that soluble calcium nitrate is an excellent nitrogen source for tomato production (15% N). I have located a source for it but have not been able to find a link with application/mixture rates. The price is quite reasonable compared to other soluble nitrogen products. But how do I mix and apply it?

The price of Peters 20-20-20 General Purpose has gone through the roof. Scott company has a cheaper product for the nursery industry, Miracle-Gro Nutriblend 21-18-18, also sold in 25# bags. It's 30% cheaper and the analysis looks very similar to the Peter's. There must be catch. Anyone use the Nutriblend product?

I can convert per acre rates to rates per 1000 sq ft - 43,500 divided by 1000. BUT - does that include pathways and all or just the actual growing area? A hundred foot row of tomatoes only
occupies 200 sq ft of actual growing area. So I just don't understand those per acre rates. Do they include tractor lanes and the six feet between my rows or just the 2 foot wide row itself? I never had to worry about this until fertilizer got so high - just put on "plenty" and didn't worry about waste - but at $55 a bag for Peter's I can't waste it anymore.
Any input or links will be appreciated. Put-in 120 each of Bella Rosa, Top Gun and Amelia yesterday. Got the sprinklers ready in case of a late frost.


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