Growing tomatoes is an integral aspect of vegetable gardening. This category provides comprehensive guidance on cultivating tomatoes, from planting and care to harvesting, serving as a vital resource for anyone delving into the enriching world of vegetable gardening.
Tomatoes can fall off the vine for various reasons, but plant stress is the most common. Anything that stresses your tomato plants, whether it’s parched weather, a heatwave, or too much shadow, will cause fruit drop.
Tomatoes are picky plants that require sun and heat to develop and fruit. These conditions are not ideal with the changing seasons. However, with a proper greenhouse, you can plant your favorite fruit any time of the year. This is because you can control the greenhouse conditions to favor the plant. Tomatoes grown in a … Read more
Tomatoes split on the plant due to fast, sudden growth. The flesh increases in size, and the skin cannot keep up. It happens when tomatoes are overwatered either manually or by a heavy downpour after being allowed to dry out. Prevent by ensuring the plants remain moist.
So, what causes tomatoes to have tough skin? And how can we avoid this? Some of the possible reasons for tough skins on tomatoes are the variety, under watering, high temperatures during growth or too much sunlight, and diseases such as curly top virus or anthracnose.
Save leggy tomato seedlings by planting right up to the cotyledon leaves when potting on. Then identify what caused it. Common factors responsible are lack of light after germination, inconsistent soil moisture, overcrowding, and poor ventilation. Resolve these issues after potting on to ensure strong future growth.
To grow tomatoes successfully, they require rich fertile, water-retentive soil. A bright and sheltered location with nighttime temperatures of 12˚C – 24˚C or 55˚F to 75˚F. Consider greenhouse growing in colder climates. Feed weekly with a high potash feed once flowering has started.