The tomato is a widely known fruit loved and enjoyed by everyone. It’s the perfect companion to the juicy burger and the classic Caesar salad. some people think it’s difficult to grow their own tomatoes but it’s actually quite easy as long as certain techniques are followed.
First, one must need to know that tomato plants are of the sub-tropical variety meaning they need a sunny position if grown in clement zones. It is best to understand that not all tomato varieties grown in the same weather and soil conditions. so before you start planting seedling of your chosen variety, do ask your local nursery if the variety of tomato you have chosen grows best in your geographical location and climate. Next, note that tomatoes should be positioned against a fence or wall. doing so assures that the tomatoes receive sufficient amounts of water.
In growing tomato plants, it is best to place them in raised beds since doing so provides the soil with enough moisture and does not cause water-logging. Next, note that three weeks before planting the tomatoes, dig the soil over. While doing so, incorporate organic matter like well-rotted manure and compost, which aims to retain soil moisture needed by growing tomato plants.
It is common sense to note that almost all variety of plants don’t tolerate frost. there are some tomato plants that may tolerate frost and there are also some that do not. Let us assume that the variety you have chosen does not tolerate frost. How then do you protect these growing tomato plants in times of extreme cold? Timing is everything as they say. Planting and sowing outside are keys to growing tomato plants. after which, they are transplanted and grown inside where soil temperature is kept to above 10 degrees Celsius. To simply sum it up, grow tomatoes outside three weeks after the date the last frost occurred in your area. Since growing tomato plants take around seven weeks from sowing to transplanting then they should be transplanted outdoors two weeks after the date of the last frost. Next, note that you should sow the plants seven weeks before transplanting them outside.
Timely pruning and cleaning of the plant should also be done. If you notice fallen leaves at the base of the plant, do remove these to avoid the spread of fungus or other plant diseases. Now once the growing tomato plant reaches around seven trusses, which occur during July, stop the growth of the plant by breaking off the growing tip.
Ripe tomatoes are best characterized by equal weight and fairly distributed color. These tomatoes are best served in the salad bowl. If you however pick an unripe fruit by accident, it is best to ripen them by placing the fruits by the windowsill.
Those are just a few tips in growing tomato plants. In no time, you’ll have your own perfect batch of juicy and red tomatoes that go best with you salad bowl, burgers and other culinary delights.