Tomato Fertilizer

Rodger Whitlock
Tue, 08 Nov 2005 06:09:40 PST
On  7 Nov 05 at 11:52, Mary Sue Ittner wrote:

> A number of years ago Diana Chapman recommended tomato
> fertilizer as an excellent source of fertilizer for bulbs. I
> believe she mentioned a ratio of 5-10-10. Others have
> continued to repeat this advice. I began to look for tomato
> fertilizer and never found any in the ratio she recommended. I
> found huge variations in the ingredients of what was referred
> to as tomato fertilizer. They were not all low in nitrogen. If
> Diana and I both live in California and there is this huge
> difference just in our state, think how that could be
> magnified around the world.  I'm not sure what would be the
> best common denominator when explaining what to look for. Is
> the ratio of Nitrogen-Phosphorus-Potassium everywhere?

We get a soluble tomato fertilizer here with the analysis 
7-28-28. They are low in nitrogen relative to the other 
principal nutrients, not absolutely.

When I apply this to potted bulbs, I use something like 1/4 the 
recommended strength.

Tomato fertilizer, at least the ones I'm familiar with, have 
added calcium to prevent blossom end rot.

Rodger Whitlock
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Maritime Zone 8, a cool Mediterranean climate

on beautiful Vancouver Island

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