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Growing and Caring for Tomato Plants, Varieties of Tomatoes, Trouble Shooting Tomato Plants

Growing Tomatoes

How to Grow Tomatoes

Anybody who has ever had a vegetable garden has grown tomatoes, it's not rocket science. You dig a hole throw the plant in, preferably roots first, water regularly and if you are lucky by mid summer you might have a few tomatoes, or you might not. Now if you wanna grow high quality tomatoes in abundance it gets a tad trickier and requires due diligence.

Tomato Cages

Tomato Cages and Plant Supports. Tomato Tee Pees, Spiral Plant Supports, Square Tomato Cages, Tomato Stakes, Conventional Tomato Cages.

Cats Cradle Method of Plant Support

A properly supported and pruned tomato plant exposes the maximum surface area of its leaves to the sun, and will produce larger healthier tomatoes several weeks earlier than a prostrate one. Sugar produced by a properly pruned and supported tomato plant is directed to the developing fruit, not unnecessary foliage.


Tomato Tee Pees - Cloches

Referred to as Tomato tee pees , water teepees, garden teepees or cloches , they are basically inexpensive sheets of connected plastic tubes filled with water, They form a self-supporting wall or protective cone around young plants. They are proven effective at extending the early growing season.

Red Plastic Mulch aka Tomato Mulch

Red plastic mulch was developed by the US Dept. of Agriculture and Clemson University for the purpose of increasing yields for commercial growers. It is proven to increase yields by roughly 20% . When properly used, red plastic mulch for Tomatoes not only increases the overall yield - it also increases the size of the individual tomatoes, and it is speculated by some that the tomatoes produced are of a higher quality , more flavorful.

Pruning Tomato Plants Practical Methods and the purpose of Pruning for a healthy and abundant tomato harvest.

Cloning Tomato Plants. Tomatoes take a relatively long time to grow from seed, 6 to 8 weeks before they reach transplanting size. From cuttings you can attain transplant size in 2 -3 weeks. If you want more tomato plants and simply don't have enough time in your growing season you can actually clone existing plants.

Germinating Tomatoes - Growing Tomato Plants from Seed - With rare exceptions tomato seeds should be started 6-8 weeks before the last winter freeze date and transplanted into the garden 1 to 2 weeks after last spring frost. Germination time averages are 6-14 days, but of course this sometimes varies slightly depending on variety and growing conditions.

When to Plant Tomatoes Outdoors - The best time to plant tomatoes of course will vary depending on where you are planting them, what climate zone you live in. There are some basic guidelines that can help you determine when to either plant seeds, or place seedlings in the garden.

Pinching Back Early Tomato Flowers - Very young tomato plants will at times flower prematurely, they're rearing to get going and growing. Some gardeners pinch off the first flowers of spring on tomato plants, particularly just prior to transplanting into soil.


Put These in Your Tomato Planting Hole For Awesome Tomatoes When you place your seedlings in the ground there are a number of things you can do to help ensure they have what they need to get going and get growing.

Tomato Companions - Companion Plants for Tomatoes. Companion Planting is not only the placement of mutually beneficial crops in close physical proximity but also naturally involves separating plants whose development is antagonistic to each other.

A plant that attracts a certain class of insect pest, fungal or microbial pathogen should not be placed near another plant that is adversely effected by the same pests and pathogens.



Tomato Plants Problems

Tomato Plant Diseases

Tomatoes Not Ripening There are several reasons why tomatoes fail to ripen. Green tomatoes lingering on the vine can be taxing on our anticipations. There are several reason why this happens and a few things you can do to help rectify the situation.

Ripening Green tomatoes - Techniques to ripen unripened Green Tomatoes either on or off the Tomato Plant.

Wilting Tomato Plants - At times, even when the plants have received adequate moisture they will still wilt. When you are certain the plants are well irrigated and they still continue to wilt it is quite likely that your tomato plants have a disease or nutrient deficiency. Wilts of tomato plants not caused by water stress are generally fungal diseases.

Why Tomato Leaves Turn Purple - Tomato Leaves turning purple is a cause for concern. The most common reason this occurs is a phosphorus deficiency. Tomatoes are heavy phosphorus feeders.

Why Tomatoes Split - Your garden is doing great, lots of lush tomatoes ripening on the vine. You water every day, fertilize, prune and wait in anticipation for those tasty tangy tomatoes to ripen when suddenly they start to crack and split - DAMN !

Are Split or Cracked Tomatoes Safe ? - How do you mend a broken heart, or a broken tomato for that matter? You cant sew the tomato back together and it's not going to fix itself, but that doesn't necessarily mean you have to discard it.

Tomato Varieties

Paste Tomatoes We traditionally associate the plum and pear shaped tomato varieties with Paste tomatoes. While this is true to a large extent - not all oval tomatoes are good paste tomatoes and not all paste tomatoes are the oval plum and pear shapes we would expect.

Yellow Tomatoes Yellow tomatoes range in color from a pumpkin orange to pale greens and yellowish white. Sizes range from miniature currant sized tomatoes such as yellow currant to Beefsteak varieties such as Hawaiian Pineapple Tomato.

Blue Tomatoes - Blue Tomatoes are a relatively new class of tomatoes. They are not only blue, but varying shades of purple as well. The color isn't the only thing different about them, they have a different taste than conventional tomatoes as well. They still have a "tomatoey" taste - but sweeter , more concentrated natural sugars and an added anti-oxidant kick

Currant Tomatoes - Currant tomatoes are the smallest of all tomato varieties , most are the size of berries. Many if not most of the currant tomato varieties are cross bred from wild cherry tomato plants and will produce a multitude of tiny pea size tomatoes.


Heirloom Tomatoes - Heirloom tomatoes are non-hybrid/ Open pollinated cultivars of tomato. Many varieties of Heirloom tomatoes were in danger of extinction but in recent years have become increasingly popular and more readily available.