What is the iodine deficiency in tomatoes?
Iodine is necessary for proper sustenance of tomato plants. Iodine deficiency retards the transfer of tomato plants to the fruiting stage, which will then impact on the crop. This reduces the immunity of tomatoes. The result will be further such malicious diseases like late blight, brown leaf spot, mosaic, root rot and fruit rot.
When and how to make iodine dressing?
Working with complex mineral fertilizers, in which no iodine, carry out individual feeding using a solution of iodine. The spray should be very fine, almost misty. This spraying to be effective and fast-acting.
The first time the dressing is done when the first flowering brushes. The next feeding can be arranged two weeks later.
How to prepare iodine solution?
Using the solution of potassium iodide, 1 g K 5 litres of water. But such a fertilizer is not always possible to find. Use of alcohol iodine tincture from the pharmacy. So it is diluted in 1 litre of water mix 200 ml (Cup) low-fat milk and 5 drops of tincture of iodine. 10 m of row planted tomatoes spend about 1.5 to 2 liters of such a solution. The resulting solution is used in the same day, and an overdose of iodine drops are undesirable.