Growing your tomatoes can be both healthy and fun. Keeping your plants organic by using only organic fertilizers and pesticides will lead to better health for you and your entire family. Once you have developed your berries and see the difference in what you get from your garden vs the supermarket you won’t ever return.
Don’t Crowd the Seeds When Growing Pomodoro Plants from seeds, you wish to leave enough space for the plants to branch out. To a lot of plants put too close together will inhibit there development. Once the seeds grow and the first true leaves appear transplant every plant into 4 inch Pots. You will do it in about two weeks.
Tomatoes Love Light if you’re growing your plants inside you might want to use grow lights. The plants will need 12 to 14 hours of light every day. Place your grow lights about two to three inches from the plants. Tomatoes love the light so that you may wish to plant them in the sunniest part of your backyard.
A Cool Breeze is Nice Tomatoes like to sway in the breeze. When growing them indoors it is a fantastic idea to put a fan on them twice a day for 10 to 15 minutes. This will help to promote strong stalks.
Tomatoes Love the heat. When you get ready to plant your seedlings in the garden warm soil is the best way. It is possible to put black plastic or weed block in the region before planting. This will heat the soil. You should do this 1 or 2 weeks before you plant. This warm soil will encourage earlier production.
Plant them Deep!
When you plant your tomatoes plant them deep. Plant them up into the first leaves. Tomato plants will grow roots straight from the stalks and this will give a great root system for your plants. It is also possible to dig a little trench and put the plant . Don’t worry that the plant will grow toward sunlight and come out directly. I love to use tomato cages to help encourage my crops after they’ve grown tall. It’s a fantastic idea to set the cages to the ground first so you don’t wind up puncturing a wholesome stem.
Mulch is Good
Placing Mulch around the plants is great as it keeps the soil born diseases from splashing up on the stalks. Mulch also keeps the water also helps to conserve water. Since berries such as the soil warm mulch may also cause the soil to be cooler so using a black rubberized mulch works better for the warm loving plants such as berries. Since I grow just organic berries I use no mulch or just organic substances for my mulch.
Remove the bottom Leaves Once the plants grow to about 3 inches tall remove all the leaves from the stem to approximately 1 inch from the ground. This can help prevent fungus from growing at the base of your plants. Spraying your plants weekly with compost tea also appears to be good at warding off fungus diseases.
Fai la prugna secca!
Prugna secca/Pinch Gives More Tomatoes. Pinch and remove suckers that develop from the crotch joint of two branches. The crotch joint is the point where the branch joins the stem or two branches split. They will not bear fruit and will take energy away from the rest of the plant. But go easy on pruning the remainder of the plant. You are able to narrow leaves to permit the sunlight to reach the ripening fruit, but it is the leaves which are photosynthesizing and producing the sugars that provide flavor to your berries. So take it easy with these pruning shears.
Tomatoes like regular watering. You never want the plants to start to wilt before you water. Timely watering is vital. Water the plants regularly especially while the plants are growing. If you forget a watering do not over water to compensate. This will lead to root rot and eventually kill your plants. When fruit starts to ripen cutting back on the watering will cause the sugars to focus and provide a sweeter tomato. Don’t cut back too much though or the plant will fall it’s fruit and blossoms.
There are two varieties of berries determinate and indeterminate Determinate tomatoes are varieties that grow to a predetermined mature size and ripen their fruit in a short period, usually about two weeks. Once this first flush of fruit has ripened, the plant will start to diminish in energy and will place little to no fresh fruit. Determinate tomato varieties are often known as “bush” tomatoes, since they don’t continue growing in size through the growing season. They are typically smaller than indeterminate tomatoes, with most growing into a compact 4-5 feet. Pruning and removing suckers from determinate tomatoes isn’t recommended. Despite their compact size, staking or caging is still recommended, because the concentrated fruit set can contribute appreciable weight to the branches. Many glue or Roma tomatoes are determinate varieties. Some others bred to be determinate contain: Celebrity, Mar-globe and Rutgers. Growing determinate variety berries makes great sense if you want a great number of tomatoes all at one time, to make tomato sauce for example. Indeterminate tomatoes are actually vines that continue growing in length throughout the growing season. Also called”vining” tomatoes, indeterminate tomato varieties will also continue to set and ripen fruit until killed off by frost. Tomato growers scarcely allow tomato plants to really vine. Indeterminate tomato plants will need considerable staking or caging to encourage what can develop into a big (6-10′) heavy plant. However, tomato plants can easily be grown as a hanging vine. This removes the need for support, keeps up the fruit off the floor and enables the plant to grow in an open fashion, allowing sun to reach through the plant. Nearly all tomato varieties are indeterminate including most heirlooms and cherry types.
Other indeterminate tomatoes: ‘Beefsteak’, ‘Big Boy’ and ‘Brandy-wine’. Early producing varieties such as, ‘Celebrity’ and ‘Early Girl’, will also be indeterminate. However since they tend to mature earlier and perish before the end of the season, they are sometimes labeled semi-determinate. Heirloom tomatoes are all indeterminate varieties and the plants get so big and heavy they could break the stakes . You may get indeterminate type tomatoes to set fruit before by pinching off the tips of the main stems in early summer.
Growing your own tomatoes is equally healthy and easy. Start early in the season, follow these easy steps and enjoy the best tasting tomatoes you’ve ever eaten.