While tomatoes aren't necessarily difficult to grow, some knowledge is needed to avoid the common pitfalls.
It may seem simple, but the varieties you grow need to be adapted to the climate you live in.
Choose cool-climate varieties for regions with shorter growing periods and hot-climate varieties for very warm regions to ensure they can still produce fruit in summer.
Tomatoes like to “eat”. Be sure to feed properly to get a bountiful harvest
Some tomatoes are more susceptible to disease than others, so look for a description of varieties that provide good resistance to diseases such as late blight. You can also look for varieties known to produce an early harvest, good yields and, of course, great flavor & ndash; or all of the above!
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Tomatoes in greenhouses need ventilation, otherwise they will stop producing fruit when the temperature rises. The tomato's male reproductive organs cannot cope with temperatures above 32 ° C for several days in a row. The anthers distort, reducing the viability and amount of pollen, which means less fruit. Even when temperatures are not extreme, the lack of air circulation can inhibit the flow of pollen to the flower pistils.
Prepare healthy soil. The more tomatoes you eat, the more fruit they will produce. For a square meter of garden, use 100g of lime, 20g of dolomite and a 20 liter bucket of good compost. For one month, apply fish and seaweed liquid to the soil around outdoor plants, then comfrey tea and earthworm leachate and alternate this throughout the season.
Greenhouse tomatoes will also need one or two doses of magnesium sulfate (Epsom salts) for good chlorophyll development in the fall. Add 20 g per liter of water to the feed every two weeks.