With these 7 tips for growing tomatoes at home, you’re sure to have healthy tomatoes sprouting and vine-ripened in no time.
For many, tomatoes are an acquired taste more than an instant culinary love affair, but that doesn’t make them any less of a joy to grow.
Tomatoes are a popular beginner plant in a veggie garden, and they are fairly easy to take care of from seed to fruit-bearing plants.
As with any plant, there is a series of things that have to be regulated to ensure your garden exudes the ideal conditions for a tomato plant to grow, and to anyone not familiar with these conditions they can seem overwhelming.
To alleviate these tomato related stresses, we have compiled a list of 7 tips for growing delicious tomatoes at home.
Whether you eat them in their natural state or use them in a recipe like homemade marinara, there is nothing quite like a delicious tomato grown at home.
The Test of Taste-7 Tips For Growing Delicious Tomatoes at Home
The first factor that should always be considered is the amount of sunlight your tomato plant should get.
In our “sunburnt” country, direct sunlight kills many plants every summer, so the placement of your plant is of the utmost importance to its lifespan.
If you place it so that it received a maximum dose of light right around midday, you will likely kill it with strong UV rays in a very short amount of time.
Plants do best receiving smaller doses of light in the mornings and late afternoons when they’re young, so try to give your tomatoes some midday shade.
Many different insects love to chow down on tomato plants, and this is bad news for your newest garden addition.
Luckily, controlling these common pests is easy, and sometimes even fun for you to do.
Aphids pose the biggest problem for your tomato’s health, eating away at the stems and seedlings constantly.
These can be controlled by introducing ladybugs to your tomato plant, which eat the aphids because they are the aphids’ natural predator.
Next up is the irrigation concerns.
All plants need some kind of water to survive, and tomatoes are no different when it comes to nourishing liquids.
Setting up an irrigation system can seem tedious and unnecessary, but being home every day and remembering always to water your tomato plant can be just as tedious in the long run.
Set up a timer and a pump with a water hose that terminates at the plant attached.
This way, every day at the same time the same amount of water will be provided to the plant using only the irrigation supplies you purchased beforehand.
Adjust the timer as needed and voila! Your plant is cared for.
While it is possible to grow tomatoes in water, the soil is their preferred medium from which to sprout.
Make sure you find the correct grit of soil for the kinds of tomato you’re growing, as they won’t all be the same.
Richer soils aren’t always the thing that a plant needs, though, so do your research as to the nutrients required before putting your tomato seeds into the ground and watering them.
If you have the right kinds of soil, you might not need fertilizer, but in the event, you do it’s always best to know what you’re buying before you get it.
A general rule of thumb is to buy more phosphorus-rich fertilizer for your soil, as tomatoes rely heavily on phosphorus.
We recommend using worm castings in your soil.
Make sure to regularly inspect your tomato crop for any new outbursts of pests or underdeveloped offshoots you can cut off.
Remember, limiting the amount of food and water the tomato plant wastes on offshoots without fruit-bearing potential will lead you to tomato fruit faster.
Finally, for large tomatoes, you will find that the plant needs support to aid its limbs in holding up the large fruit.
A consequence of having large, tasty tomatoes is also having plants that aren’t strong enough to hold them up very well, so try growing your tomatoes near a lattice that you can use as a support structure for your new garden resident.
With these 7 tips, you’re sure to have healthy tomatoes sprouting in no time.
Look after your plants, and they should last for years to come.