When growing tomatoes, one of the most important concerns for each and every gardener has to do with tomato plant care, what to do and what not to do, so that their tomato plants are healthy and produce an abundant supply, of quality fruit. It’s just as important to realize that our tomato plants care about the soil they grow in and moisture and nutrients that they receive. It is our job to provide all these necessities, and in return, the tomato plant will do it’s job by growing, and providing us with juicy mouthwatering tomatoes. So what is it that these plants need? In the next section, we will discuss your part when it comes to tomato plant care.
Six Important Factors You Should Know – When It Comes To Tomato Plant Care
- A continuous and uniform supply of water: when you are watering your tomato plants shouldn’t give them too much, or too little water. If you give your tomato plants too much water, the roots of the plant can drown, especially if the tomato plants are planted in too heavy of soil. Too little water can stop tomato production.
- A constant supply of nutrients: The daily requirements of nutrients for tomato plants are small, but that small quantity should be available when the tomato plant is in need of it. If you are using bought fertilizer always follow package or bottle directions for optimum results.
- Air in the soil after drainage: The most important factor in the growth of plants. Roots breathe the way we do. Robbed of air, these tomato plants roots, or portions of roots will die of suffocation. So you should make sure soil is loose, friable, permitting good drainage.
- Sunlight: To a tomato plant, when there is light if means life. The leaves utilize the sunlight to turn raw materials into ready for use plant food and supplies the energy necessary for photosynthesis. The tomato should have 8 hours of continuous sunlight, but can get along with less.
- Temperature: Most tomato plants need night temperatures between 55 degrees and 75 degrees to set fruit. But there are tomato varieties that you can find in the plant and seed catalogs, that will set fruit at higher and lower temperatures.
- Leaves and roots of tomato plants must be protected. As tomato gardeners, we must take great care in protecting the Leaves and roots of our tomato plants from extreme temperatures, strong winds, pests and diseases, weed competition, and finally birds and beasts. But if you have fulfilled the first five essential needs of the tomato plant, then the plant has a much better chance of protecting itself from any danger. If we follow these initial basic requirements, our tomato plants will require much less protection when it comes to tomato plant care and as a final note that would equate to a much better crop of perfect juicy tomatoes.