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How to Grow Tomatoes
While many people consider tomatoes to be a vegetable, they are
actually a fruit. Tomatoes come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and
colors, however, the most popular varieties are the Beef Eater and
Cherry Tomatoes. In addition to these variations, tomatoes are
categorized as either an indeterminate or a determinate variety.
Determinate varieties are bushier in appearance because their vines
will only grow to a certain size before they stop. Indeterminate
varieties, on the other hand will continue to branch out.
Which Tomato Plant Should You Buy?
The type of tomato plant that you buy should reflect what type
of tomato you are interested in, as well as how much space you
have. For example, if you have a small garden then you will
probably want to stick with determinate varieties. You may also
want to select tomato plants based on what you want to use the
tomatoes for. For example, if you will be stewing your tomatoes for
sauces then you will want a larger variety of tomato. On the other
hand, if you want a snacking tomato then you will want to look for
a cherry tomato or a pear tomato.
Caged or Free-Range?
Most people who have grown tomatoes in the past have used a
tomato cage. A tomato cage is a metal frame that fits over a tomato
plant. As the plant grows the vines are able to hang on to the
frame. The frame is used to support the tomato plant and to confine
it to a specific area. If you have a determinate tomato plant then
you probably wonít need a tomato frame.
Selecting a Good Tomato Plant
You have two options for acquiring tomato plants. Your first
option is to grow your plants from seed. If you select this option
then you will need to start your plants in a greenhouse or in your
home, and then transplant the tomato plants to you garden in April
or May. If you donít want to invest this much time in your tomatoes
you can always buy tomato plants from a nursery or garden center.
When you shop for a tomato plant you will want to look for a
healthy plant. Examine the leaves. Healthy plants wonít have spotty
leaves or yellow leaves. You will also want to look for a plant
that is naturally resistant to certain disease strains. The tag on
the plant will have letters that tell you what they are resistant
to. A key to these letters should be provided on the container or
in a sign posted near the tomato plants.
Caring for Your Tomato Plant
Tomato plans need a lot of water and a lot of sun. Without both
of these things your tomato plant wonít thrive. Fortunately,
tomatoes donít have specific soil requirements. In fact they can
grow in just about anything, including damp newspapers. Compost and
organic fertilizers can both be used to provide the tomato plant
with the proper nutrition.