Growing Green House Tomato Plants

Growing tomato plants can be accomplished in a green house, container or even indoors. This article will clue you in.

Are you growing tomatoes? They are easy to grow and have so many uses when ripe.

Did you know that tomatoes are from the Nightshade family, and were considered ornamental a few hundred years ago and not grown for food?

Most varieties will continue to grow and produce fruit almost indefinitely if they are uninterrupted by frost or other calamities. There are many varieties of tomatoes and if you'll check at your local plant nursery you can purchase the plants and then just transplant into your garden or buy the particular type of seed you prefer. Read carefully on the package to determine if you should plant each one in your area and climate.

A small package of seed will sow l00'. It's best to plant seed l/2" deep, set out untrained plants 4' apart in rows 4' apart, the trained plants should stand l8" to 24" apart in rows 35" apart.

The soil for growing tomatoes can be of any type, but you will need to prepare the soil with much care. The yields of your tomato plants depend heavily on the condition of the soil at planting time. Have the soil loose, friable, free from lumps or clods and well-supplied with organic matter and fertilizer. You should also use starter solutions and side dressing to keep the plants growing rapidly and constantly.

Tomatoes are a very tender crop and should not be planted before the frosts are over. You could start the seed indoors about eight weeks before you will want to plant them outdoors. Sandy soil is needed for the seeds. After the little plants grow to two inches high you can transplant. Now remember the best plant to set out is a stocky one about six to ten inches high with a thick stem and a good roots system. I would advise deeply dug holes, filled with good soil or compost as this makes a productive crop. To plant set the plants deeply in this hole with at least two inches of the stem covered. Roots will form very quickly on buried stems, and you'll have stronger plants.

If you plan to train the plants set them l8 to 24 inches apart in rows three feet apart, use strong stakes about six feet high driven into the ground about four feet from the plan. As you see the plant growing, notice those side shoots and snip them off, do this at least once a week. The flower clusters will grow on the main stem, as the plant grows you will need to loosely tie it to the stake, and use only soft twine as you could hurt the stem. I do feel that the staked Tomatoes take up less space but the ones that are allowed to grow natural will produce a larger crop.

Also put a handful of fertilizer in a ring around the plant when the first tomatoes are about one-half inch in diameter, and I also recommend mulching the plants to retain moisture.

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