Dec 18 2009
How to achieve high brix tomatoes.
Customer, BillSF9c writes:
“Any suggestions to increase the brix level to at least 8 for tomatoes next season?”
Would 10-13 brix for large tomatoes and 15-20 brix for the smaller grape tomatoes be okay? Of course it would.
I am using a recipe also:
Mix together 6 cups of lime, 5 cups of soft rock phosphate, and 3 cups of gypsum together.
Take one cup of the above mix plus 3 cups of Biosol Mix and 1 cup of Planters II trace minerals and mix them all together. Mix that into two cubic feet of growing medium.
Put up to 1-tablespoon of BioVam on your plant roots and plant your tomato plant.
Weekly, brew up microbe tea for 24 hours, add ¼ cup of yucca extract per gallon of tea, dilute the tea 1:9 and apply to plants and soils. You can also use a hose end sprayer (we modify them to dilute the tea properly) and apply the undiluted tea to the soils and plants.
Set up a drip irrigation system to deliver water periodically during the day. ½ hour every 2 hours seems to work fine for the drip line.
We grew some tomato plants in ½ wine barrels that held 3 cubic feet of soil with a 2 square foot surface area. The plants can go as high as 10 feet and then will loop back down to the ground.
It’s important with this system to apply the microbe tea weekly. We are using bacteria as a resource to make minerals available in the soils for several important reasons.
1. We need the minerals available so they can react with one another to produce the energy plants live on.
2. We need the compound mineral colloids from the soft rock phosphate available in the soils so they can feed bacteria and so they can be used by the plants to build up their cellular structures. Here’s something a lot of people don’t believe or accept: only compound mineral colloids will allow plants to become healthy so bugs and diseases will not eat up the plants. Ordinary mineral compounds will go into plants but they result in weak plants without the compound mineral colloids. Truly healthy plants are possible only when the compound mineral colloids are present to built most of the plant.
3. The Biosol Mix 7-2-3 is excellent food for the bacteria and fungi in our microbe tea.
4. We want the acids from the bacteria and fungi and plant roots to solubalize the minerals so the minerals can react and generate the energy the plants live on.
Compound mineral colloids are important for plant health and they are important for animal and human health. The compound mineral colloids from soft rock phosphate contain 66 mineral compounds. These colloids can quickly be placed on the plants frequency and immediately be used to build plant tissues. You will see your plants grow larger and faster when the compound mineral colloids in soft rock phosphate are made available to the plants. Mycorrhiza fungi work well to transfer the compound mineral colloids into the plants from the soil.
It is not unusual to see annual production levels of 200 to 400 tomatoes per plant for the growing season. It’s also not unusual to see tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, crook neck squash, and cucumbers produce ripe produce in under 30 days. High brix results is normal for this method of growing plants. We even used this method to raise the brix of our turf grasses to 14 brix.
When sufficient minerals are reacting in the soils and the ergs approach 450, we find that most weeds will not grow in the soils with our plants. When the ergs are driven from calcium reacting with other minerals in the soil, the weeds do not like to live in such soils. They won’t start growing in those soils until the minerals start dropping into the soil profile and diluting out at the surface.
If you are doing soil tests, they can cause you to do the wrong things in your soils. The best kind of soil test to do is a Morgan soil test. This test best approximates what minerals are available in your soils. But no soil test will tell what kind of mineral compounds are present and no soil test will tell you if compound mineral colloids are present in your soils. If the compound mineral colloids are low in the soil, the plants will be weak and bugs and diseases will be there to consume your plants. And eating such food will result in animals and humans that will become weaker. This is the main reason why we have so much illness that is derived from eating low quality food which fills the stores all over the USA and other countries.
If a Morgan soil test shows adequate levels of phosphorous, and you don’t know the history of what has been added to that soil, you should add Soft Rock Phosphate to make sure the compound mineral colloids are present. Run another Morgan soil test and find out what the CA:P ratio is. You want it to be 18:1. Add whatever is necessary to make that happen. When you add SRP to the soils do it like this: 6 parts by volume lime, 5 parts by volume SRP, and 3 parts by volume gypsum. I’ve done this without soil tests on my own property and brix levels have been excellent in my raspberries (16-19), grapes (26), and now Blackberries (17) for over a decade.79ca2