How are your tomatoes growing?

Remember when planning a tomato seedling to bury a good part of the stem. This encourages development of side rootlets for strong, productive plants

Tips for better tomato production.

1. Plant a tomato plant in a place with 10 hours of direct sunlight.

2. Have enough space between plants for air flow.

3. Soak the base of tomato plants once a week or more during windy, hot days.

4. Fertilize every three weeks. I scratch in crushed egg shells,

5. Pinch and remove suckers that develop in the crotch joint of two branches.

6. Use a tomato cage to support plants.

7. When a tomato plant reaches 3 ft., remove the leaves from the bottom 1 ft. of the plant.

8. When tomatoes start to ripen its time to scratch around the bottom and add some compost.

9. Pinching off the tops of the main stems of indeterminate varieties to encourage more energy going into flowering.

10. Remember to check for tomato hornworms (large, green & white striped caterpillars).

Speaking of tomato hornworms: Loathed by gardeners, tomato Hornworms morph into Magnificent Sphinx Moths

(photo courtesy of IFAS)

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