Plenty of people love the taste of round, juicy tomatoes, and growing your own can be deliciously rewarding. Here’s how you can grow the perfect crop:
Pick a good location
Tomatoes love to soak up sunlight. So don’t put them in dark, shady areas. They’ll thrive more if you put them somewhere they can get as much sunlight as they need.
Provide a trellis or stake
Your tomatoes love to climb and grow on stakes so provide one to help your plants develop faster.
Check your soil
Your tomatoes need nutrients. So it’s important to know if you’ve got nutrient-rich soil or not. If your soil is already filled with compost, then you’re good to go. However, if your soil is poor in nutrients, then it’s a wise idea to shop for fertilizers to put into the soil.
Cut back on the nitrogen
When it comes to fertilizing tomatoes, you can have too much of a good thing. Too much nitrogen, for instance, might give you a healthy, green tomato plant but with few tomatoes instead, says SF Gate. You could reverse the effects by feeding more phosphorus to your plants to balance the shot of excess nitrogen but you’ll have to experiment with the amount and this could take a long time. Better to prevent it from happening in the first place.
When you first plant your tomatoes in the garden, excited and thrilled for the day you’ll see your garden alive with round, red tomatoes, remember to feed them with fertilizer. The next time you feed them fertilizer, though, you’ll have to wait until a fruit springs from the plant. That’s when you can resume feeding your plant with fertilizers.
Unlike other plants that require weekly doses, you only have to feed your tomatoes with once every week or every two weeks. So be careful not to overdo it, not unless you want your tomatoes to suffer.
Not enough water can cause your soil to take in too many nutrients, which could end up burning your tomato plant. That’s the last thing you want. So make sure the plant is watered well enough before you apply any fertilizer.
Putting In fertilizer
Once you’ve watered the plant, then put fertilizer into the ground six inches from the base of the plant. That way, the fertilizer won’t be too close and won’t your plant’s stem as a result.