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- 1 How to Grow Healthy Tomato Plants
How to Grow Healthy Tomato Plants
We are going to give you 12 quick and easy tips on how to grow healthy Tomato plants step by step. We want to teach you some quick and easy tips on how to grow really healthy tomatoes now you may have seen, We’ll teach you how to keep them healthy.
One of the first questions I’m usually asked by beginner gardeners is can you use the dirt from your garden, the answer is probably not, it’s very unlikely that garden dirt will have enough nutrition to grow a tomato plant, now depending on where in the world you live your soil could contain too much clay chalk sand or could, even be water log your garden dirt could hold many seeds from weeds, or carry many diseases so I definitely wouldn’t recommend using this for growing tomato plants.
To an untrained eye, this may look like a big muddy mess, but it is slowly becoming what every gardener refers to as black gold this is some of the most nutritious rich composting you can get your hands on and it’s homemade if you’d like to try this yourself, actually follow my guide and make this right at home this gray material will ensure you to grow really big fruit and vegetables over the first year using this will allow you to use a little or no fertilizers throughout the growing period, if you don’t feel confident trying your own composting there’s absolutely no problem refilling your raised beds or large containers with multi-purpose compost from grow bags, you can even cut holes in them and grow them directly from the bag itself
The next tip is the prevention of any fungal diseases so when your seedlings get to about this big you may be able to see some of the bottom branches coming off. What you want to do you just want to pinch off the lower ones this will help promote some more leads at the top here’s, another example in a larger plant because they do keep growing back so keep an eye on them. You know depending on how big your plant is and held drooping your first few arches are you want to cut off the first three or four.
The reason why we do this is for two reasons the first reason is if you can see here they basically create a walkway in let us to pests like slugs and snails to start attacking your tomato plants which obviously isn’t a good thing for your crop secondly if you don’t cut off these lower stems they can drag on the ground and they can pick up something called early blight this is a fungal disease that can eventually take over your entire plant it starts turning the lower leaves yellow which is the same symptoms for over watering the leaves then start developing darker spots which eventually spreads to the entire plant which then can spread and infect all the plants around it if left untreated the plant will start to wilt and eventually die if your plants do start showing signs for early blight don’t worry too much because here’s, should help clear it up as long as you catch it early enough.
Given your Plants a Calcium Boost
The next tip is given your plants a calcium boost, so when you plant these on into sales Square for garden or a bigger pot the best idea is to get a handful of eggshells maybe two eggs in so make sure they wash thoroughly and crush the shells up and place them in the hole before you put the tomato in it’s always good to put the eggshells in the hole with it again because the calcium isn’t plant-available straight away and will take a month or two to break down into your soil. Once the calcium is available it’d be a great boost for the plant just as it starts producing through.
Planting on larger containers
Next tip is planting on your smaller plants into larger containers or beds and now the best thing about planting tomatoes into another pot I don’t know if you can see all of these little hairs that are on Tomato plants.
Basically Tomato plants can grow roots from any part of this main stem so unlike other tomato plants, if you bury a pot below the soil line it won’t actually rot the stem if you if you bury it deeper, in fact, it will promote a bigger rootstock and that’s definitely advisable if you’re growing it in a taller pot, and your ceilings are leggy, and if you do have legacy Dean’s you can look at this article.
hardening your plants off
Next tip is hardening your tomato plants off before you plant them outside so the next thing you want to do is harden your tomato plants off, you have covered this in another article but it basically means that these plants are used to a certain temperature be inside your house or inside the shed and you don’t just want to take them outside, and get them used to cooler or warmer temperatures obviously this being in your house bed garden, you can tell by the fact that this beginning this Article. So if the weather in your area is really varied it’s best to keep these tomato plants outside for an hour for the first day, two hours for the second day, three hours for the third day.
Until you’ve done that for a week building up an hour each day and then your tomato plants will get used to the temperature difference because if you don’t it happened like this now again the yellowing of the leaves can easily be mistaken as over watering, and the dark green veins may allow some people to believe this is a magnesium deficiency in the soil but what it really is a significant temperature change overnight now as the colder temperatures were to continue and even drop below freezing it may even kill these tomato plants now, you know that it snowed at the end of spring last year so growing in differents place is completely unpredictable which is why it’s always best to hide in your tomato plants off and the climatized and before planting a month
Aeration with Spacing
Next step is aeration with spacing, you want to think about is spacing now I feel growing quite a few of these plants in a small area, you don’t want to pack them in too tightly advisable to do about two feet apart now Square Foot Gardening is one per square so that’s one plant per square foot at 12 inches and that’s mainly because you don’t want.
The air to pass through these plants because fungus can start growing on these leaves now you can get an early blight which is the reason why you take off the lower stems but then there is a fungus that can attack the leaves as well so you basically just want to get rid of as many branches as you can and leave them maybe about a foot a two foot apart so the air can flow through and they-they won’t get any diseases.
Suckers Clone Tomato Plants
tips of removing suckers and cloning plugs, so as you can see there’s a new growth growing out. The pit of this branch these are actually called suckers they usually grow up at a 45-degree angle, so it’s easy to identify which branches which just place them out with your thumb, now but make sure it’s a really clean cut because you can open the plant up to more diseases now opening the fact that these can suck out nutrients from your main plant, the cool thing is you can put these straight into soil and they will grow into an exact clone of your original plant, if you have a determinate Bush variety I wouldn’t recommend removing leaves but when growing indeterminate varieties. It’s always pinched them out next up is companion planting.
Companion Planting (Buddy Plants)
so basically We will do an article on this in the future a full comprehensive article, and tell you how to do things but what it is basically groups of different plants that benefit each, other be it whether it helps the flavor of the fruit or vegetable or it helps deter pests by setting off certain smells, or detracting intake I’m just going to list a few of my favorite companion plants because the list is absolutely huge now basil is a really tasty herb to eat with tomatoes, but it’s been said that growing it in with and next in your tomato plants can improve the overall flavor, while growing things like garlic and an edible flower called forest can increase any plant resistance towards diseases and help fend off pests like cabbage worm and tomato hornworm.
Next tip is Clark cages trellises or steaks so I’m just going to make some quick frames up for them to grow up a family in a skip clipping delights bamboo, and but all wired, you just going to cut a wise off and looking up and then trim them together now there are so many types of cages and trellis on the market you can buy or make for yourself but almost all tomato plants will benefit from a little support once they start to grow through it’s usually a good idea to stake them before you plant them or put them in place before they get into.
Blossom end Rot
Next tip is preventing blossom end rot so another thing that can happen is something called blossom end rot, just going to tell you about blossom end rot is a physiological problem caused by adverse growing conditions, it’s most popular in tomatoes but can also affect over genes eggplants, and peppers it’s not caused by pests or disease, but it’s usually caused by one of two things, it can either be a calcium deficiency within the tomato plant or due to irregular watering. If you allow your tomato plants to dry out calcium is unable to travel up to the service point of the tomato plants.
the tip of the fruit which is why it causes blossom end rot to prevent this you can use my eggshell tip from earlier or make sure you water regularly at the same time each day the best time to water your plant throughout the entire growing season is either first thing in the morning or once the Sun is stretch this will prevent your tomato plants from drying out in the midday Sun.
Fertilizers (N P K Feeds)
Next tip is topping your Tomato plants off if they get too tall so these are now growing a bit too tall for their canes as you see there are some blooms here and as there’s so much on this plant going so well and I’m just going to sacrifice the whole thing and take the top off so you just need to chop a plant, and that will stop it growing any higher and my last quick tip for the day is fertilizers, and feet now one of the final things you want to think about is fertilizers, and feet now basically you know I don’t agree with any kind of chemicals at all, but if you feed your tomato plants with a chemical fertilizer or feed you’re basically causing it more harm than good it majorly becomes dependent on the food that you’ve given it and it can’t take anymore nutrients out of the soil so the best thing to do is just use a natural feed and organic material now one of the best things is actually human urine I made a lot of you are going to turn your nose up at this but human urine is there’s really good for the soil and the tomato plants, if you mix it with wood dust but if you are grossed out a little bit by that obviously. So the best thing about banana skins is they’re packed full of potassium phosphorus and calcium you know it’s great to add the yellow skin straight into your compost heap to break down over time but you want to speed up the process by drying these out so the nutrients could be plant available quicker now you can do this in the hot day Sun or in another but as soon as these are fully black and dried you can crush them up and use them exactly the same as you did with the eggshells or you can use this as a weekly feed by grinding it up into a fine powder and then in a few scoops to water just before your Tomato plants start to flower. We hope This article giving you enough tips to grow some lovely Tomato plants.