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Jun 30, 2017 6:14 PM CST
I feel like i am picking plants to kill when i go to the store. I bought cherry tomatoe plants and they grew like crazy but never produce a single tomatoe. Got mad and ripped them out of the container and bought green peppers, seemed like they were thriving but had yellow leaves. I read epsom salt can help with that. So i made up a solution and sprayed on the leaves, did well. So i thought sprinkle some on the soil, got up the next morning and my peppers leaves where withered. I think i added too much epsom salt i made a small mount around the truck. Flushed the soil with water and not sure they are coming back. Sigh
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Jun 30, 2017 7:18 PM CST
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SLOW down ... Please. !!! 😬
No. Overnite success. In. Anything.
Especially ! Gardening !
Whew ! Yes !
Patience. Patience. Is.the answer ! My dear !
More. Is not better. Use everything as directed.
When plants are planted in ground. Empson salt is great for tomatoes. Peppers. And Eggplant.
Used as directed.

Now ! Get yourself somemore plants.

Bee !!! Patient !!!

Follow directions !😁!

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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
Not all who wander are lost
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Jun 30, 2017 9:21 PM CST
I agree with everything that Philip just said.

And will add: Look at the "days to maturity" on the label. That is the number of days you can expect it to take to get your first tomato or pepper AFTER you have transplanted it.

The tomatoe died of impatience. The pepper died of salt poisoning - don't use that soil again.
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Name: Paul Fish
Brownville, Nebraska (Zone 5b)
Jul 1, 2017 11:59 AM CST
What are you using for soil? Containers do better using a soilless mix. Make sure the container has drainage hole at or near the bottom. In the beginning using a full spectrum fertilizer is OK, either granular or liquid plant food will get the plants off to a good start. After the first sight of blossoms switch to a low nitrogen higher phosphorus plant food called 'bloom booster' or something similar. This will help form fruit. Higher nitrogen will cause excellent plant growth but limit production.

So far as epsom salts, it does aid in both plant growth and fruit set especially if your soil is deficient in magnesium. Epsom salts is made up of magnesium sulphate. Using a soilless mix or other relatively sterile soil mixture adding epsom salts will not hurt. As always, too much of a good thing is a bad thing. N,P and K are the essentials to growth but magnesium and sulphate can help. For tomatoes and peppers, apply 1 tablespoon of Epsom salt granules around each transplant or spray (1 tbsp. per gallon) during transplanting and again following the first bloom and fruit set.

As stated, have patience, water when the soil gets dry and do not add fertilizer more than once per week. Epsom salts should be added only at planting time and at first bloom and at fruit set. More than that is unnecessary. Deep breath, stay calm and let the plants do their thing.

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