It is not hard to grow tomatoes. Being fairly hardy, tomatoes can take a beating and still be okay afterwards. Still, there are things we can do to make sure the best tomato garden outcomes are obtained. Get pen and paper ready, and pay attention.
What You Need To Know About Growing Tomatoes
While there are many ways to make a tomato plant grow and flourish, perhaps the most important of the bunch are the methods implemented to fertilize it. This has little to do with the potential to lose the plant though. Although improper fertilization can create problems, tomatoes often survive majority of fertilization mishaps.
In truth, more damage can come from bungling the watering, planting and pruning procedures. The main reason for wanting to get the fertilization aspect correct has to do with the many benefits it holds. Proper fertilization equals a healthy garden.
Bottom line: correct fertilization is crucial to growing amazing fruits. Here is a simpler way to approach it. Fertilization essentially concerns nutrient levels in the soil. Tomatoes have clearly defined requirements when it comes to these. Getting this right means achieving optimal growth for your tomatoes.
Do you have a clear picture of what you are aiming for in growing the tomatoes? For most people, the answer is to obtain as many big, luscious fruits as possible and for as long a period throughout the plant growing season as possible. These people are not looking to have a wide expanse of greens. They prefer having plenty of purples, yellows, reds, whites and blacks. This dictates how they go about applying the fertilizer to plants.
Tomatoes are flowering fruits. Having a balanced supply of nutrients will allow them to produce abundantly. This is why tomato growers see to it that the plants receive a feeding of one-one-one ratio up until they reach the second set stage. Nitrogen-rich feeds work great for greeneries, but for tomatoes, it is best to start them off with not too much of the nitrogen dosage.
Once the second set comes around, it is time to increase the potassium and nitrogen amounts little by little. Doing this is necessary because the plant’s needs for such nutrients increases as it matures and becomes larger. Excellent pruning when done correctly, can be good for plants too, even though it plays a fairly minor role compared to fertilization in achieving great fruit quality and quantity. Basically, the objective of pruning is so the sugar supply (for energy) is concentrated toward fruit production. To do this, you must remove any unnecessary leaves and branches. These are the parts that are not essential to maintaining plant health and continued growth.
In summary, you should plant the tomatoes in fine soil, pack them with the right nutrients, and redirect their sugar so it does double-duty producing lots of fruits. Do all these, and for sure, there will be one successful bumper harvest waiting for you.