With more than 7,500 varieties of tomatoes including the privileged heirloom types, gardeners are presented each year with the task of choosing their most desired variety of tomato to plant. These interesting and flavorful fruits are some of the most common grown in our gardens.
If you are starting your tomato from seed here are a few tips. First, make sure to give your seeds enough room to grow in their starter pots; giving them enough room will encourage early growth and not inhibit it. When you start to notice their first true leaves, you can transplant the seedlings into larger pots (3 to 5 inch pots for example). During the early growing period of your plant, it can be beneficial to use an organically certified product like our MaxGrow
to stimulate the soil and encourage healthy plant growth. This product includes beneficial bacteria that stimulate the soil and establishes a healthy soil and root ecosystem early in the growing season.
In addition to this, your tomatoes will require plenty of light to keep them growing, around 14 to 18 hours of direct sunlight or indoor grow lights. When you plant your tomato seedlings in your garden after they are sufficiently mature, pick a spot with the most direct sunlight you can. After all, the tomato is a native of South America. The etymological name of the tomato is Solanum lycopersicum;
sol means sun.
At this time in your tomato's life, you will be looking to ensure the healthiest conditions for the best fruit production of the plant. You can mix MaxGrow with water alone, or add our micronutrient-rich Emerald Mist
to the mix to create a spray that encourages and supports healthy soil and root development over the course of the growing period. This combination will also help prevent diseases such as blossom end rot
Some further tips for maturing your tomato fruit are watering regularly on schedule, ensuring that they are not wilting and losing their blossoms. Keep the soil slightly wet, but avoid over-watering. Trimming the plant and snipping off excess "sucker" leaves in the joints of the plant will encourage more plant energy to go to the fruit itself. Pruning the plant of some excess leaves will allow more sunlight to reach the plant, but be careful and do not trim the plant to an excess which will inhibit the overall photosynthesis process of the plant.
These tips and products will make sure you have a healthy tomato plant, capable of bearing rich, nutritious and bountiful fruit.