There are many people that grow tomatoes as a hobby as well as a great way to provide healthy food for the table. Most of the tomato growers are very passionate about their plants and they spend time in researching the right varieties for their location and growing conditions.
At BGI, we recognize and understand how tomato growers, even those with pots on their patio, quickly become fascinated and very enthusiastic about their crops. It is amazing to see the blooms, the first little tomatoes and finally enjoy a juicy, delicious slice of a tomato you have nurtured and grown on your own.
The Fertilizer Issue
Growing tomatoes will require the use of a fertilizer for tomatoes that matches the needs of the developing tomatoes as well as that of the plant. There are different options out there, but not all are a good match for your plants. When considering a fertilizer for tomatoes, it will be important to consider several different factors. One of the most important is the availability of the fertilizer to the plant. Some fertilizers are not immediately available, which means they have to be deployed before the plant requires them.
Others, like our TOMATOGAIN® is a granular application that will be immediately available to the plants. This means that you just have to sprinkle the 8-16-16 fertilizer on the soil and then water, the rest is just a matter of allowing Mother Nature to provide optimal light and heat.
Before Getting Started
We recommend before using our fertilizer for tomatoes or any other product, get the soil tested if you are planting in a garden or a raised bed. This will provide all growers with the specific information needed for the right application of fertilizer. Our TOMATOGAIN® is perfect for most typical soil conditions, but in some areas additional organic matter may be important. It is also important to plan the timing of fertilization.
For maximum growth potential fertilize the plants when they go into the soil. This will assist in building strong root systems and stems. It will be important to fertilize regularly, ideally two times a month, throughout the growing seasons. Do not spread the fertilizer right up to the stem as this can result in burning of the plant.
Many varieties of tomatoes require staking or caging. This takes all of the pressure off of the stem, allowing the stake or the cage to help support the weight of the green and ripening tomatoes. When they are actively growing this will be important to plant health and tomato production.