How to Grow Tomatoes

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How to Grow Tomatoes

Post by AdexAgro » Thu Apr 13, 2017 11:09 am

You can’t rival the flavour of a fresh home-grown tomato straight from the vine. Their taste is far superior to the bland tomatoes offered in the supermarkets and they’re so easy to grow! Thompson & Morgan offer a great range of tomato seeds and tomato plants for sale. With such a huge range of tomato varieties available, from tiny cherry tomatoes to big beefsteak tomatoes they are ideal for gardens of any size, including patios, balconies, window boxes and even hanging baskets. Follow our tomato growing guide below to learn how to grow tomatoes successfully.

Take a look at our tomato selector guide to help you decide which tomato varieties to grow.

Growing tomatoes from seed

Growing tomato plants from seed is a great way to discover new varieties. Tomato seed is normally sown 6-8 weeks before the last frost date (March/April) although they can be sown earlier for greenhouse cultivation. Sprinkle your tomato seed thinly on the surface of good quality seed compost. Cover the seed with about 1.5mm (1/16in) of compost and water lightly with a fine-rose watering can. If only a few plants are required sow two seeds into a 7.5cm (3in) pot and after germination remove the smaller plant. The seeds generally germinate in about 7 to 14 days at a temperature of around 21C (70F). Keep the compost moist, but be careful not to over-water as wet conditions can encourage "damping off disease and other moulds and diseases.

Pot on the tomato seedlings when large enough to handle, taking care not to touch the stem. Handle the plants by the leaves and transplant them carefully into 7.5cm (3in) pots. Take care not to expose the plants to frost, cold winds and draughts as this may kill them.

Caring for your tomato plants

Tomatoes need a lot of water and feed to get the best fruit. Water little and often for the best results. Feed your tomatoes with a general liquid feed until the first truss has formed then alternate with a high potash feed. This will encourage more flowers and fruit.
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Growing tomatoes in a greenhouse

Growing tomatoes indoors can mean an earlier crop. For greenhouse tomatoes grow recommended varieties such as 'Sungold', 'Money Maker' or 'Country Taste'. If you’re after tomatoes to make soups and sauces with then tomato ‘Roma VF’ is the variety for you. Sow as directed on the individual seed packet. This is generally from February onwards and in 7.5cm (3in) pots.

Plant the young plants when they are about 15-20cm (6-8in) tall and the flowers of the first truss are just beginning to open. If you are planting into your greenhouse border make sure you have dug in plenty of garden compost or well-rotted manure during the winter. If you have used the border before for tomatoes, it is better to change the soil before growing tomatoes in it again. This will help avoid soil pests and root diseases becoming a problem. Just before planting, rake in a general purpose fertiliser.

If you are growing tomatoes in pots or a grow bag remember they will require a lot more watering and care. Plant approximately 45cm (18in) between the plants and 75cm (30in) between the rows. In a grow bag, generally plant no more than two plants per bag. Make sure you ventilate the greenhouse regularly to reduce the risk of pests and diseases. Tomatoes prefer a temperature of 21 - 24C (70 - 75F) and will perform poorly at temperatures above 27C (81F) or below 16C (61F).

Growing tomatoes outside

When growing outdoor tomatoes, choose recommended varieties such as 'Gardeners Delight', 'Money Maker' or 'Sweet Olive'. You can grow varieties such as ‘Cherry Cascade’ or 'Tasty Tumbler’ in a flower pouch or as hanging basket tomatoes. Wait until approximately 6-8 weeks before the last frost is forecast and sow as directed on the individual seed packet in 7.5cm (3in) pots.

When all risk of frost has passed, plant the young plants when they are about 15-20cm (6-8in) tall and the flowers of the first truss are just beginning to open. If you are planting into your border make sure you have dug in plenty of garden compost or manure during the winter. Just before planting, rake in a general purpose fertiliser - tomatoes are hungry plants!

Plant approximately 45cm (18 in) between the plants and 75cm (30in) between the rows. If you are growing tomatoes in grow bags or pots remember they will require a lot more watering and care. In a grow bag, generally plant no more than two plants per bag. There has been a recent trend for growing tomatoes upside down to save space in the garden. This is a great space saving solution similar to growing tomatoes in hanging baskets. Simply plant a young tomato plant through a hole in the bottom of a bucket or similar hanging container, and fill the container with multi-purpose compost. Suspend the bucket from a bracket and allow the plant to hang down beneath it.

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Re: How to Grow Tomatoes

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Re: How to Grow Tomatoes

Post by AdewaleMoses » Thu Apr 13, 2017 12:36 pm

Where can I get quality tomato seeds that can do well in western region of Nigeria? :)

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