Tips for Growing a Bumper Crop of Tomatoes
There is no feeling quite like eating a ripe tomato, fresh off the vine. Growing tomatoes isn’t hard, but there are definitely some tricks to the trade. Successful tomato growers tend to prune and support tomatoes carefully, fertilize with compost and mulch well, and keep the plants watered well.
Here’s your first tip: Prune off the bottom six to eight inches of stems from the main stock to promote easy watering at the roots and good air flow to the plant.
This is a single tomato plant, growing on a trellis. Did you catch that? A. Single. Plant. How did the grower get her tomato plant to be so big and to produce so much fruit? According to the National Gardening Association, there are some tricks to growing huge tomato plants. Compost and other fertilizers, starting early, and improving soil quality all are key components of growing a bodacious tomato plant. I highly recommend clicking through to read the article by The National Gardening Association.
Wow! These tomato plants are growing a foot taller than their stakes! How can you coax tomato plants to grow taller and to produce more fruit? One of the secrets is pruning. According to Fine Gardening Magazine, pruning tomatoes recommends a method of pruning that encourages a longer growth cycle for the tomato plants, so that they can put all of their energy into growing tall and producing fruit.
By Chaya Kurtz, Networx.com
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