Tomatoes are one of the most popular veggies (actually they are fruits!) for home gardeners. As we are leaving hard winter behind, it is a perfect time to start planting your tomato seeds. In this post, you will find top tomato planting tips for home gardening.
Please note that we have included some of the most obvious tips, too. Because we believe they are ignored by even the most experienced gardeners out there.
How Much Sun Is Required for Growing Tomatoes
Tomatoes thrive in full sun and fertile, well-drained, slightly acidic soil with a pH between 6.0 and 6.8. For healthy growth, tomato plants require at least 8 hours of direct sunlight a day. However, the hours of sunlight do not need to be consecutive.
Tomatoes Watering Frequency
Water newly planted tomatoes well to make sure soil is moist and ideal for growing. Early in the growing season, watering plants daily in the morning. As temperatures increase, you might need to water tomato plants twice a day. Garden tomatoes typically require 1-2 inches of water a week.
Strengthening Tomatoes Roots
To get strong roots for your tomatoes, first and the most important trick is burying stems. After you fertilize tomato seeds, bury nearly one-third (even half) of the stem. This way tomatoes will have stronger roots and will build up faster. Another important trick is, of course, soil quality. Phosphorus is very important for healthy tomato roots. Tomatoes fertilizer formulas typically have more phosphorus than nitrogen and potassium. Complementing the work of phosphorus, nitrogen ensures green vegetative growth, and potassium boosts plant vigor, disease resistance, and flavor. N-P-K ratios should be approximately 8-32-16.
Tomatoes Need Climbing – Use a Fence or Cage!
Provide the best support for your tomato plant by securing its wire cage with two strong stakes on opposite sides and hammered into the soil. This type of guard should be put around a tomato plant shortly after transplanting when the plant is still small, which will avoid damaging its stems and roots.
Kratky Method is generally the best and simplest way to grow tomatoes at home. It is a passive hydroponics method and requires minimum effort if you have very little knowledge about hydroponics. To grow hydroponic tomatoes, start your tomato seeds in a nursery tray using rock wool or coconut coir soil. Once your seedlings develop leaves, transfer them to your hydroponic system and add artificial lights. To water your plants, run your water pump at least every 2 1/2 hours.