Lime has been used for hundreds of years as a way to “sweeten” or alkalize acidic pH soils. But nobody likes the drudgery of hauling heavy bags from the store to the car, to the garage and finally to the spreader where you then apply it in a cloud of dust. Say goodbye to all that. With our Liquid Lime Formula all you need to do is spray it, just like you do with all our other liquid products. Liming has never been easier!
Lime is basically Calcium. And Calcium not only helps raise pH, but it is also a vital plant nutrient (see below). Our product is derived from a food-grade source of Calcium that is often used in nutritional supplements. It is sugar-chelated, meaning it is binded with sugars into a form that makes it immediately available for absorption. (We do not use EDTA for chelation in any of our products.) We have also added 6% Nitrogen to speed up absorption and provide extra plant nutrition.
Our Liquid Lime Formula can be sprayed on Calcium deficient plants for foliar absorption (through the leaves). This is the fastest and most efficient way to improve Calcium levels on vegetable and flower gardens, ornamental plants, lawns, trees and farm crops.
Calcium plays a key part in our 4 Step Garden Fertilizing Program in both the Growth Stage and the Flower and Fruiting Stages of plant growth. It is an essential ingredient for high quality fruits and vegetables. By spraying the Liquid Lime foliarly (on the leaves) or using through drip irrigation, the nutrients are immediately available for plant uptake.
DO NOT mix Liquid Lime with any other of our products in the same sprayer or tank.
For Lawns and Gardens: Apply 4 oz per 1000 sf in 1-2 gallons of water or more. 1 Gallon will treat 32,000 sf. If you are using an adjustable hose-end sprayer, set the dial to 2 oz per gallon of water and just wet the top of the grass or garden as you apply. We suggest two applications yearly, three times maximum. Regular use of Aerify PLUS or Nature’s Magic will enhance Calcium uptake.
For ACIDIC Soils: Apply at 10-12 oz per 1000 sf using 4 oz per gallon of water, and water for a few minutes afterwards to get it into the soil. Each application can change pH 1/4 – 1/2 point depending on soil conditions. Apply 2-3 times per season if needed.
For Bare Soils: Apply at 10-12 oz per 1000 sf or up to 2 gallons per acre. Scratch or till it into the top 1-2 inches of soil.
Foliar Feeding: For Calcium deficient Ornamentals, Flowers or Vegetables. Mist tops and bottoms of leaves to the point of runoff with a 2 oz per gallon of water (1/2 oz per quart) solution. Apply early in the morning or after sundown for best results. A fine mist sprayer will work best. Apply monthly or as needed. Row Crops. Apply at 1-2 quarts per acre. Use a minimum of 15 gallons of water. Tree Crops. Apply up to 4 quarts per acre using a minimum of 50 gallons of water.
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The soil pH affects the availability of nutrients that are in the soil. PH is measured on a scale of 1 to 14 with 7 being neutral. Below 7 your soil is acidic. Above 7 your soil is alkaline. A lack of Calcium (or Lime) is often the reason for a low pH, acidic soil. Most plants do best in a slightly acid soil with a pH in between 6 and 7. When the pH falls below 6.0, the availability of nutrients such as phosphorus, potassium, calcium, molybdenum and magnesium decreases. When the pH drops below 5.5 you there are often problems with Aluminum and manganese toxicity.
Calcium is critical in plant cell division and is regarded as one of the most necessary plant elements. Our water soluble, 100% chelated Calcium is non-phytotoxic when used as directed. It is immediately available to the leaf and is readily absorbed by way of the leaf stomata (pores). We do not use EDTA chelates,
Many growers may have a Calcium deficiency without even knowing it and suffer from poor plant health in numerous ways. Even when Calcium readings are high in the soil, it may be “locked” and not in a form that is available to the plant or grass. This can be helped by improving the soil aeration and bio-activity with products like our Aerify PLUS and Nature’s Magic. But until the soil is more bio-active, you can get the Calcium right to the plant or grass with our Liquid Lime Formula.
Blossom end rot in tomato
Tip burn due to calcium deficiency
Signs of Calcium Deficiency:
- Upper leaves are distorted and curled at edges
- Leaves may have thin yellow bands
- Leaves may turn brown and die
- Root tips and terminal buds may die or develop poorly.
- Problems with crops such as: blossom-end rot on tomatoes and peppers. Potatoes that rot from the inside. Pitted skin on apples. Strawberries that are soft on the inside. Indented corn kernels. Lack of crispness and poor shelf life of lettuce. Lack of firmness in oranges and other fruits.
If you are a farmer or serious gardener, the best way to determine Calcium deficiency would be a leaf tissue analysis performed by a testing laboratory.
Benefits of Calcium:
- Calcium builds strong cell walls for plants and fruits.
- Calcium is essential for soil organisms, including nitrogen-fixing bacteria.
- Calcium is also part of the make up of enzymes and aids in protein synthesis and cell division.
- Calcium will aid in prolonging the shelf life of fruits and vegetables.
- Calcium raises soil pH. It alkalizes or “sweetens” acidic soils.
- Calcium neutralizes organic acids in the plants, enabling nutrients and water to enter more freely.
When nitrogen, phosphorus, carbon and Calcium are delivered to the plant it will help synthesize proteins, vitamins and other building blocks needed to construct plant life.
Calcium is responsible for building pound solids in the fruits of plants.
Chelated Calcium is more available then normal unchelated Calcium such as that found in Lime. Sugar-chelation is a safer method than EDTA chelation, which could raise heavy metal content in foods.