How To Grow Tomatoes

Tomatoes

Author:
Devincross

Has the thought of growing your own tomatoes ever crossed your mind each time you buy a pack of expensive tomatoes at the grocery? If you said yes but you stopped planning halfway simply because you thought it would be hard, then here are all the tips you need to know on growing your own tomatoes at the comforts of your own home. Yes you will break a sweat but trust me when I say it’ll save you even more than simply buying it off at the grocery. Oh, and yes, these tips will make your tomatoes taste even better than the expensive ones you just bought the other day.

These growing tomato tips have been tried and tested by the most dedicated tomato growers and thankfully they have shared their secrets. I have summarized these tips into ten of the most vital and useful ones even beginners will have an easy time to do on their own. Of course, we start by getting your won pack of seeds. It would be best to ask from your local nursery which variety grows best in your locality and climate. This saves time on research. So let us begin.

Growing tomato tip number one:  never overcrowd your seeds. Tomato plants branch out so it is best to keep a distance between each plant. Note that plants stuck too close to one another inhibit plant growth. In two weeks, you will notice first signs of growth and leaves to appear. This calls for the time to transplant each plant to a pot. It is best to use 4 inch pots in transplantation.

Like any other growing plant, they love the light. Tomatoes do too and they require around 12 to 14 hours of light in a day. If you’re growing tomatoes indoors, it is best to use a grow light that is two to three inches away from the plants. If you however have a large garden and you’re planning to grow tomatoes outdoors, then place them in the sunniest part of the outdoor area.

Third growing tomato tip: a good source of wind. This would be applicable if you grow the tomato plants indoors. Fan the plants at least two times a day for around 15 minutes, doing so aids in strengthening the stems.

Growing tomato tip four and five: one is to place your plants in warm soil because tomatoes also love the warmth. Prior to planting, place a weed block or black plastic in the area. This will aid in heating the soil. Note that you should do these 2 weeks before you plant. Warm soil aids in promoting an early produce of tomatoes. Two is to plant each tomato plant deep. Planting them until the first leaves promote a great root system.

Tip number six is make good use of mulch. Mulch placed around the plant aids in keeping away soil-borne diseases on the stems. This also aids in retaining water. Note to make use of a black rubber mulch which works better in warming up the soil.

A tip that most beginners tend to forget is removing the bottom plant leaves. Why do so? Removing plant leaves from the stem around an inch from the soil aids in preventing fungus growth at the base. It is also best to spray the plants with seaweed or tea extracts which is quite known for warding off fungal diseases of the plants.

Seventh growing tomato tip is to remove the suckers found at the crotch or joint of two branches of the plant. These simply take away nutrients from the plant. However do note to go easy on pruning your plant.

Like heat and wind, water is also the most vital point in growing tomatoes. Water your growing plants in a timely manner. However do note that when you forget to water the plants, do not overwater them either because this in turn causes rotting of the roots. Now if you notice to fruit to ripen, this is the time when you cut back on watering them.

Lastly, it now comes to harvesting the produce. If you notice that the fruits are uniform in color, this is when you start to pick off the fruits. If however you make a mistake by picking off an unripe tomato, simply place it on the windowsill and in two days it will be ripe enough to eat.

These are the simplest of the growing tomato tips that have been tried by even the most skilled gardeners. Remember that growing plants takes effort and a hell lot of patience. Simply follow these tips and in no time you’ll have your own batch of juicy and sweet, red tomatoes.

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Lastly, it now comes to harvesting the produce. If you notice that the fruits are uniform in color, this is when you start to pick off the fruits. If however you make a mistake by picking off an unripe tomato, simply place it on the windowsill and in two days it will be ripe enough to eat.

These are the simplest of the growing tomato tips that have been tried by even the most skilled gardeners. Remember that growing plants takes effort and a hell lot of patience. Simply follow these tips and in no time you’ll have your own batch of juicy and sweet, red tomatoes.

 

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