High Phosphorus and Calcium

Asked April 17, 2019, 12:00 PM EDT

I just got my soil test back and my Phosphorus and Calcium levels are excessive (P=406 and Ca=6093). I am hoping to group tomatoes and peppers and I'm wonder what I should or shouldn't add to my soil to be ready to plant. Should I skip planting tomatoes and peppers and plant a different crop to help the soil reduce these high numbers?

Charleston County South Carolina

3 Responses

Thank you for your question. The amount of these nutrients in your garden soil is less important than your soil’s pH. If it is too low (acidic), these plants can’t absorb the calcium that they need. Do you know what the pH is? You can ameliorate the high phosphorus by not adding fertilizers with much, if any, phosphorus. Can you give me more information? Thanks!

One small garden is 6.2. The other small garden is 6.4

Perfect! https://hgic.clemson.edu/factsheet/tomato/ Good luck!