Growing Healthy Tomato Plants: Care and Feeding

Now that you’ve gotten your tomato plants successfully transplanted into your garden, it’s time to think about the proper techniques for watering and caring for them. It’s important to know that tomato plants care about how they are fed, watered, and cared for, so it is really important to make sure you do it right. Following a few simple rules will go a long way in keeping your tomato garden growing healthy, and producing baskets full of ripe, delicious tomatoes.

The first aspect of tomato plant care that I’ll be discussing is proper watering techniques. Even though tomatoes are a forgiving crop, and are relatively simple to grow, you still want to make sure you are using the correct method of watering them. The first question to answer is how often should you be watering your plants? One important thing to remember is to not over-water the plants, so somewhere around two waterings per weed should be about right, especially earlier in the season. Once summer heats up however , you should consider additional watering due to the extra evaporation from the heat. Make sure your soil is moist about an inch deep, and that should be a good indicator of when you’ll need to water again.

Since we’ve answered the question of “how often , ” we need to make sure we are sprinkling the plants properly. Believe it or not, you shouldn’t be sprinkling the entire flower. Many generations of experience in aqua plants care have established that the roots tend to be what really need the water, not the plant foliage. By keeping the actual leaves as well as stems dry, you are decreasing the chances of fungal diseases infecting your vegetation. For the best results, a drip watering system is the recommended way to keep your plants nourished. A small soaker hose, running on a low setting, is one popular way of regulating the amount of water getting to the ground. Some gardeners even purchase watering systems that run on a timer that you can pre-program and it takes care of itself. I also recommend watering earlier in the day so the sun doesn’t evaporate the water before it gets a chance to soak into the dirt and down to the roots.

I have many people ask me if they need to prune their tomato vegetation. It can be a bit of a chore, and lots of busy folds don’t have the extra time to spend pruning tomato plants. If you are growing indeterminate plants, you should take the time and also periodically prune them. If you do, you will get more tomatoes from your plants. The new shoots growing out of the vegetable “steal” energy from your herb that could be used growing much more tomatoes.

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