Top Tomato Growing Tips
- • Warmth is essential for tomato plants. Be sure the soil temperature is consistently at least above 10 degrees Celsius before sowing tomato seeds or planting out.
- • Know the growing season for your tomato variety. Larger varieties, for example, beefsteak, need a longer growth period to fully mature to the fruiting stage. Sow them early, indoors.
- • For a continuous supply of tomato fruits throughout the season. Grow indeterminate varieties such as heirlooms, Sungold, cherry tomatoes or others.
- • Container grown tomatoes tend to dry out faster than garden/raised bed grown tomatoes. Water container tomato plants from the base to keep potting soil moist but not soggy.
- • Keep tomato plants well ventilated. This both helps regulate the greenhouse temperature and reduces the risk of tomato plant fungal disease.
- • Stick to a consistent and sufficient watering routine to prevent common tomato plant problems like blossom end rot. Read more about this under ‘watering tomatoes’.
- • For the best harvest, position plants in the sunniest area of the garden, greenhouse or polytunnel.
- • If your tomatoes are slow ripening, try the paper bag and banana trick to ripen green tomatoes quickly.
Better yet, watch our video on how to ripen your tomatoes in as little as 7 days!
How to Water Tomato Plants
There’s no one way to water tomato plants. How to water tomato plants is dependent on a range of factors. Such as the variety of tomato, size and growing location. However, while there isn’t one single way to water tomatoes, there are definitely things to do and avoid.
Consistent soil moisture in tomato plants is essential for a good harvest. As tomato plants grow, they require more water. The key to watering tomato plants is to keep the plants moist but never wet or waterlogged.
Stunted plant growth, lack of fruit production and worst, plant disease is often a result of failing to water tomato plants correctly. For example, inconsistent and excessive watering of tomato plants, especially container grown plants, can lead to tomato blossom end rot.
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The Best Way to Fertilise Tomato Plants
As heavy feeders, nutrients are essential for tomato plants to thrive and develop through their growing season. Therefore, it’s important to treat your tomato plants with fertiliser if you want a healthy, abundant harvest. However, to achieve this, you have to fertilise the plants correctly.
Using the correct fertiliser is one of the most important factors when it comes to growing healthy tomato plants. Fertilisers contribute to the effect on tomato foliage and fruit productions. When tomato plants are fertilised incorrectly, the result may be big tomato plants with little fruit yield.
1. Nutrient Rich Soil
Before considering how to fertilise tomato plants, make sure their growing medium is already well balanced. Depending on where you’re growing tomatoes, it’s important to ensure the soil is nutrient rich. Consider adding healthy homemade compost, to boost soil fertility and start the tomato plants off strong.
2. Organic Bio-stimulant Fertiliser
Get the most out of your tomato plants. First, treat them with organic fertiliser Maximato. This two-time use treatment isn’t an ordinary tomato fertiliser or feed. Rather, it’s an organic bio-stimulant fertiliser that works to establish tomato plants. Maximato colonises tomato plants roots with beneficial bacteria which advance nutrient intake to promote greater growth. For the ultimate tomato plant care, this fertiliser is a must!
3. On-going Fertiliser
As mentioned before, tomato plants are heavy feeders. They need an effective fertiliser to offer a continuous source of nutrients. After treating tomato plants with Maximato, as mentioned above, use an organic seaweed fertiliser. To provide plants with nutrients on an on-going basis. Organic fertilisers provide a slow release of nutrients for tomato plants. Allowing 10 to 14 days between treatments for a regular fertiliser feeding routine.
Bonus Tomato Plant Care Tips:
Make sure tomato plants are well watered before applying fertiliser. This ensures the plants aren’t limited to just consuming fertiliser.
Be cautious not to over treat young tomato plants with nitrogen fertiliser as this will promote foliage growth but stunt fruit growth.