Asked June 16, 2016, 4:02 PM EDT

I have tomato's 2 months old and they are only 2 to 2 in a half foot tall. I mixed 60 to 70 percent cotton hull compost and the rest garden soil. Without a soil test I was going to see if I add lime to see if that's why they are growing slowly would help. I use tomato tone but I don't think my Tom is absorbing it. I would like to just test one plant to see how it goes. I'm doing this on my own free will. I have pellitized lime and was wondering how much to put around one plant to test it. And also do you have any advice on this problem

Carter County Missouri

1 Response

Do not add lime if you do not have a soil test that indicates a need. If you want to find out if your tomato are lacking a nutrient then you can do a tissue test (remove leaves) and send that off for analysis of the nutrients that are actually in the plant.
Many have added lime without a need shown from a soil test and later find out that the pH is too high because they have added too much lime.