Hand holding tomato seeds ready to sow.

Tomatoes are one of the most easily grown and most effective plants of vegetables. The question “How to Grow Tomatoes” is therefore an almost rhetorical, they simply do. Once you’ve tasted your fresh picked tomatoes however, you won’t ever be content to consume bought tomatoes again.

Tomatoes in the city

As simple a crop to grow berries do have preferences, they enjoy sunlight, nutrients and water. Fulfill these easy preferences and you’ll be well rewarded.

Tomatoes can easily be grown from seed as they germinate easily. Many gardeners plant seeds in a row in long punnets, the issue here is that your seedlings roots get entangled and it can get difficult to distinguish them. This induces transplant shock and puts the plants back into their own development. Especially when you’re growing in containers you might wish to prevent any disadvantages. It’s far better to plant each seed individually in a small pot.

Planting From Seed

You can also opt to plant them where they are supposed to grow in the backyard. If that’s the event the soil must be kept moist until germination. And you need to bear in mind there are lots of hungry insects out there waiting for breakfast. If you’re in a rush to get tomatoes to eat, you can buy the seedlings from most nurseries. Make sure they have sturdy stems and are dark green in colour.

Plants with yellow foliage or spindly stalks should be avoided. And if they’re flowering leave them as they have been in the pot for too long and the plant will be root-bound.

Staking the Plant

Tomatoes will need to be staked to get the most out of the plant. Slugs and snails will often spoil the fruit if they’re permitted to track over the ground. Hammer the stakes to the ground where you want the tomato plants to be, and then plant the seedlings alongside them. If you plant then bet afterwards, you risk damaging the roots, which will have spread out by then.

Using a Tomato Cage

Rather than a stake, you can use a tomato cage to encourage each plant as it develops. Using a cage is great because you don’t have the tricky job of hammering a tall stake into the ground. Cages can be pushed into the soil around the plant and it’ll develop through the wires. Each branch will be supported by elements of the cage.

Care and Overnutrition

As the plant develops, pinch off the lateral shoots to promote an erect plant. Lateral shoots will be found growing in the intersection of every branch and the main stem. Keep tomatoes well watered and give them a fair quantity of nutrition. Just like most veggies they will bear better if they have sufficient nutrients.

The primary problem is blossom end rot that creates as a black spot at the blossom end of the fruit. This disease is due to the lack essential nutrients, Because the plant can simply use these nutrients when sufficient water is available, watering is often the best remedies.

So in fact this lack is caused because there’s an “overabundance” of available nutrients. Growing berries either in containers or garden is a relaxing and rewarding way to spend your Saturday morning.