The Perfect Guide to Growing Tomatoes


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A tomato plant is able to grow anywhere in the world and therefore is a well-known plant in every home garden. It is estimated that almost 90 percent of vegetable gardeners have this crop in their garden. It is because a tomato plant requires very little of the gardener’s attention during the time of growth. The important elements that are needed for growing tomatoes perfectly are enough sun, a little patience and an adequate amount of water.

The tomato is considered to be a summer crop. Select the tomato from a wide variety which is easily available. Always check with your neighbors, nursery professionals, and other online resources to find the most dependable and disease resistant variety of tomatoes.

Preparing The Soil

The soil has to be prepared before starting the tomato growing process. To grow tomatoes naturally without any chemicals the soil should be mixed well with compost or well-rotted manure if you are using sandy soil. Superphosphates are recognized to be the best nourishment for best growth. Another balanced fertilizer would be 6:3:2 organic fertilizer which you should mix well with the soil before the process. It is considered the perfect alternative in case you are in short supply of manure.

Sowing The Seeds

It is highly advisable to sow the seeds as early as possible because tomatoes take more than four months to start the bearing process. In places where winters are cold, make sure to sow the seeds in seed boxes which are to be sheltered during the later winter season. In frost-free places, start the sowing process during the late autumn or summer seasons. Within six weeks, the seedlings attain the height of 15 centimeters and can then be easily transplanted before the frost passing.

Always be very particular during the transplantation process and choose only the strongest seedlings. They should be planted in the coolest climate during the afternoon. A sprinkler can be used and spraying should be done early in the morning much before the sun comes up. It is highly recommended to dust the crops with fungicides to prevent the formation of any kind of diseases. Correct fertilizers should be used to stimulate the growth of the tomatoes. Sunlight is what the tomato plant requires for healthy growth and perfect tomato result. For vertical growth, always make sure to plant the crops in cages or stakes.

Picking The Tomatoes

The fruits should be hand picked when their color changes to red. It can then be ripened by placing them on any sunny windowsill  to prevent them from being eaten by any bird or rot on the vine. The taste of these fruits are enhanced if they are ripened on the vine, therefore a perfect balance is to keep them on the vine long enough between the taste as well as when it ripens.

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