TOMATOES - UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY
A greenhouse pot study with four replications was directed by
Terry A. Tindell, Ph.D.
Four treatments were tested, including the control, AZOMITE at 40g per pot, AZOMITE at 120g
per pot, and AZOMITE at 360g per
Although the researcher reported an increase in the tomato fruit
yield, there was enough scatter in the results so that the increase
in the fruit yield was not statistically significant.
Researcher reported statistically significant increases in the
tomato fruit for five trace elements concentrations. Those elements
included cooper, potassium, magnesium, sodium, and manganese.
Research stated that the increase in tissue level of these five
elements does indicate that AZOMITE can be an available source for essential nutrients.
PEAK MINERALS AZOMITE, INC.
Scientists have long recognized the fact that adequately nourished
plants (and animals) are resistant to infectious diseases. There
is a growing recognition that healthy plants may effectively resist
insects. There is also some speculation that healthy plants have
higher amounts of nutrients in their sap and these nutrients increase
the specific gravity to the sap; thereby providing some modest
protection against freeze damage.
Just as the recognized trace elements show statistically significant
improvements in these research studies, we believe your plants
would show significant nutrient improvement.
Tomato plants produced more flowers & fruit and
grew taller on Azomite®.
Growers have reported larger, healthier, insect resistant plants
by David Yarrow, December 1997.
Jared Milarc research project in botany class in Michigan
State University's Horticulture Extension Program at Northwestern
Michigan College in Traverse City.
Eight tomato plants ("Fantastic" variety) of uniform size were
grown in one-gallon plastic pots, in a mix of standard potting
soil with six tablespoons of composted cow manure. Two tablespoons
of AzomiteT were added to the soil of four tomato plants, and
four had no clay mineral supplement. Plants grew in uniform greenhouse
conditions from June 17 to Sept. 9, got 150 milliliters of water
three times a week, and were rotated in the greenhouse to ensure
equal exposure to warmth and light. Height was measured from soil
surface to uppermost branching point. All measured 30 cm at the
experiment beginning, with no visible differences in health.
After 67 days, the tomatoes fed AzomiteT were easy to distinguish
from untreated vines. On several measurable characteristics, AzomiteT
yielded a better plant. Everyone agreed all four plants fed clay
dust looked bigger and healthier.
"Color was a very obvious difference," recalled Jared. "Plants
not treated were more yellow in color, while treated plants were
a deeper green color. Height was different. Plants that were treated
weren't a lot taller, but they weren't 'leggy'."
Jared's short written report listed five significant observations
he had measured as numerical indications of "better, healthier"
- Average height of Azomite® treated plants was 98.5 cm, compared to 89.75 cm for control
plants. (Fig 1).
- Whiteflies were found on both treated and control plants
by day #28. After day #42, insecticidal soap was sprayed to
control whiteflies. But treated plants had much less damage
(Table 1), defined as "honeydew"-sticky, sugary excretions by
|Table 1: Leaves with whitefly infestation
- Azomite® treated plants flowered
earlier, more prolifically (Table 2).
|Table 2: Total number of open blossoms
- First tomato was on an Azomite® treated plant on Aug. 26 (Table 3).
|Table 3: Total number of fruit on all
- Treated plants set more fruit (Table 3).
In a Summary as simple as his experiment, Jared wrote:
"While four plants per treatment do not provide statistically
testable results, this experiment suggests that mineral supplements
such as Azomite® may help produce
plants that are more vigorous and pest-resistant, and that blossom
and set fruit sooner than plants grown without any supplement.
Further tests, both in lab and field, are highly recommended."
"Early flowering plants can mean money to farmers for having
the first crop, and ultimately quicker money for the farmers,"
Jared pointed out.
"Among farmers, the first guy to market or processing plant,"
David explained, "his products reap a premium profit. The first
tomatoes. First sweet corn. First watermelons. Also, shorter growing
season means faster pay-off, because farmers only have one paycheck
"Flowering is a measure of marketability," agreed Kirk Waterstripe.
"If you're the first to the farmers market with vine-ripened tomatoes,
hundreds of people will stop by your truck. So, if you can get
the plants to flower a week ahead, this gives you an economic
"I insist the single most crucial and significant effect
of trace element fertilizers is increased flowering and seed formation.
This can't be adequately measured in monetary quantity or economic
values. Reproduction is the climax in a plant's life cycle. Any
substance that triggers such an increase in this activity activates
and fulfills the plant's full life potential, and is a near ideal
and essential plant food."
from Jared Milarc here.