Tomato plant care tips

Growing tomatoes are simple and just a couple of plants will result with the plenty of delicious tomatoes especially in summer, but good varieties are essential. There are all kinds of tomatoes, from the tiniest cherry types through to full-flavored giant beefsteak tomatoes.

Tomatoes are riskier grown outside rather than in a greenhouse. Tomatoes are grown in a location that has as much direct sun and shelter from winds. Place tomato plants in a site receiving full sun. Tomatoes need lots of warm sunshine for finest taste.

Add lots of well rotted compost to the garden soil of around 5 to 8 pounds per square foot/25 to 40 kilograms per square meter. Turn compost into the top 3 inches (6 to 8 cm). Tomatoes require a growing medium rich in organic matter.

Transplant the tomato deeply. Bury about 50 to 75% of the plant. New roots will emerge along the buried stem, giving the plant a boost to develop.

Water them within 10 minutes of transplanting. Give each plant about 4 litres of warm water within ten minutes of transplanting to avoid uprooting shock. Place the tomato plants 18 to 36 inches (45 to 90 cm) apart.  Starting after the first week, give the tomatoes about 500 ml of warm water per plant every day. Water them deeply 2 to 3 times weekly. After one or two week, surround the plants with straws, dried grasses, or pine needles. This should keep the soil moist during dry weather and control the weeds.  Tomatoes can grow very well organically, provided the soil is well enriched with organic matter. The fruit appears 45 to 90 days after transplanting. . Once the tomatoes are of good size with a bright, deep color, it means that the fruit is ripe and ready.

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