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Know What Tomatoes Crave

Tomatoes are a popular backyard vegetables. Learn what they need most to grow to their fullest potential.
  • Site

    Tomatoes grow best in highly fertile, well-drained, slightly acid soil. Add amendments to improve the planting site. Tomato seeds can be sown directly in the soil, but most home gardeners purchase seedlings to plant in a sunny location after the last frost date. Plant small bush tomatoes 1 1/2 to 2 feet apart, and larger types 3 to 4 feet apart if not staked. 

    Date Published: April 30, 2018
    Date Updated: May 1, 2018
    Tags: Tomatoes
  • Bedmates

    Grow indeterminate and determinate tomatoes together.

    Date Published: April 30, 2018
    Date Updated: May 1, 2018
    Tags: Tomatoes
  • Care

    In hot climates new transplants may need to be shaded until they are established. Place stakes or cages at planting time to avoid injuring roots later. Train indeterminate plants up stakes or grow them inside wire cages for air circulation and to keep fruit off the ground. Remove suckers just beyond the first two leaves that develop. 

    Date Published: April 30, 2018
    Date Updated: May 1, 2018
    Tags: Tomatoes
  • Pests and Diseases

    Tomatoes are susceptible to a wide variety of diseases caused by environmental stress. Grow healthy plants by choosing varieties bred for resistance to disease and tolerance of problems common to your area. 

    Date Published: April 30, 2018
    Date Updated: May 1, 2018
    Tags: Tomatoes
  • Planting

    Transplants should be planted into the garden 2 weeks after the average last-frost date in your area. Promote strong plants and an ample root system by planting deeply. Set plants into the ground up to their first set of leaves. 

    Date Published: April 30, 2018
    Date Updated: May 1, 2018
    Tags: Tomatoes
  • Water

    Plants should be watered deeply during extended dry periods. Tomato plants are resourceful and mine for water. Supplemental watering during drought periods helps plants fend off pests and form fruit. 

    Date Published: April 30, 2018
    Date Updated: May 1, 2018
    Tags: Tomatoes
  • Stake

    Cage or stake plants soon after planting to give them support and keep fruit off the ground. 

    Date Published: April 30, 2018
    Date Updated: May 1, 2018
    Tags: Tomatoes
  • Growing

    If you don't have room for a full-size garden, grow tomatoes in containers. 

    Date Published: April 30, 2018
    Date Updated: May 1, 2018
    Tags: Tomatoes

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