Tomato Plant Care – The Key to Growing a Bumper Crop of Perfect Tomatoes
When we first start growing tomatoes, tomato plant care, isn’t always the first priority on our mind. Our thoughts are more on the line of the end product, that juicy, ripe red tomato that is go going to be part of our lunch. So having that bumper crop of perfect tomatoes in our vision isn’t that bad of a thought. First of all, it would be important to remember that we are only the assistant. The tomato plant does the growing. Our job is caring for tomato plants by supplying the soil, moisture and nutrients that the tomato plant needs.
Tomato plant care really isn’t that difficult. So, you are hoping for the perfect tomatoes. You don’t have to be a horticulturist with a green thumb to grow tomatoes. All you have to do is put the basic rules of plant growth together and apply them consistently. It seems what trips up most new tomato gardeners is an under concern of one or another of the needs of the tomato plant. If you want an abundant crop of perfect tomatoes, than the care of tomato plants is of the utmost importance. The tomato plant is willing to deliver if you give the plant what it needs. It comes down to the basic fact that the tomato plant needs what every other plant needs – and more:
Tomato Plant Care – The 6 Fundamental Needs Of A Tomato Plant
6 Fundamental Needs Of Tomato Plants
- A continuous supply of moisture.
- A continuous supply of nutrients.
- Air in the soil for healthy root growth.
- About 8 hours of daily sunlight.
- Night temperature protection (at least during part of the night) that permit flowering and setting of fruit
- Protection from insects, diseases, and dogs that dig holes to nap in.
Actually, these six fundamentals are really one fundamental. This means that all of the 6 fundamentals must act in unison for the tomato plant to grow and flourish and produce fruit. You may go into your tomato garden or check your tomatoes growing in containers, and decide that they need more fertilizer. This is fine – but you need to bear in mind that fertilizing the soil in which you are growing tomatoes, and your watering tomatoes schedule is all interdependent.
You might be lucky enough to plant 6 tomato plants, and they all grow and produce well. But if your experience hasn’t been all that successful, then you should follow along in my next few posts to learn more about the essentials of tomato plant care and what you can do to ensure a bumper crop of perfect tomatoes.