Looking for some tips for growing tomatoes? If you want to have a better harvest for your when you plant your next batch, this will help.
I've been growing tomatoes on my homestead for a long time now and I'd have to say, my harvest isn't always the same. There are some times when I get a lot of tomatoes and other times that they're just so-so. I didn't want to waste time and energy and not get my money's worth so I looked for ways to make sure that I get better results. If you want some tips for growing better tomatoes, here they are!
10 Tips for Growing Tomatoes
- Plant where they will get at least 10 hours of direct sunlight.
- Leave enough space between each plant to allow for air to circulate.
- Soak your tomatoes at their base once a week, more during the hottest days of summer. Do not spray the plant, water directly on the soil at the base of plant.
- Pinch and remove suckers that develop in the crotch joint of two branches.
- Once your tomato plants reach about 3 ft. tall, remove the leaves from the bottom 1 ft. of stem.
- Use sturdy cages or stakes and secure the stem to the pole with loose cloth or wire every 8 inches or so.
- Once your tomatoes start to ripen, add a bit of compost around the base of the plant and scratch it into the soil.
- Pinching off the tips of the main stems of Intermediate varieties in early summer will encourage them to start putting their energy into flowering.
- Check plants regularly for tomato hornworms (large, green-and-white-striped caterpillars) and pick them off and destroy them when you see them.
- Pick your tomatoes when they are fully sized and ripe, but still firm.
More Tomato Resources:
- How To Plant Tomatoes
- How To Prune Tomatoes
- All About Tomatoes: Your Spring Growing Guide
- 12 Fresh Tomato Recipes To Enjoy The Most From Your Harvest
- Get Your Tomato Garden Soil Ready For Spring!
How are your tomatoes doing? Let us know in the comments below!