How to Grow Tomatoes at Home
Tomatoes are an essential component of one’s diet because, in addition to lending various dishes a delicious flavor, they also have a lot of nutrients that can help keep you healthy.
While they’re readily found in stores and markets, sometimes tomatoes can be expensive and of poor quality. Fortunately, like so many other foods, it’s easy for you to grow tomatoes at home and you can plant enough to have an endless supply.
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When you grow your own tomatoes, you can guarantee that they’re free of pesticides and other chemicals that are used in commercial growing to keep them fresh longer. It’s also very cheap to do so, and you’ll ultimately get 100% organic, fresh, delicious tomatoes at home.
In today’s article, we want to share some simple tips for growing your own organic tomatoes at home in pots that you might already have around the house. Pay attention to every detail to ensure success!
Use the right kind of pot
The pot you choose is one of the most important factors to ensure the success of your tomato plants. The larger it is, the more likely you’ll have good production.
Of course, there are advantages to planting in a garden, terrace, or patio where you have lots of extra space. But even without such luxuries, you can use large pots.
- In general, we recommend using a pot that’s at least 20 inches deep, with a proportional width. That will give the roots enough space to grow.
- Plastic containers are easier to move around.
- Finally, place a bowl or shallow dish underneath the pot to collect the water that drains out.
Ensure your pot has good drainage
The drainage is another important factor that’s worth considering. There should be holes in the bottom of your pot to facilitate good drainage and keep the soil from accumulating too much moisture.
To keep the soil from coming out of those holes, you can place a small screen at the bottom of the pot.
The right kind of potting soil
It’s a good idea to avoid using soil from your yard or garden because it could contain pests or diseases that can harm your plants.
A better option is to mix 60% coconut fiber with 40% vermicompost.
How to grow tomatoes at home
Once you’ve purchased tomato seeds or germinated plants from a garden center, you can plant them in your prepared containers.
- First, fill a third of the pot with the potting mixture we recommended above.
- Place your germinated plant into the mixture, then add more potting mix until you cover the plant.
- Gently pinch the soil around the plant so it’s stable.
You should be very thorough the first time you water your plans, ensuring that the soil is very damp. Avoid getting the leaves, stems, and base of your plants wet.
After this, only add water to the potting mixture according to how much moisture it retains. It may not be necessary to water them every day.
Check the potting soil closely and ensure that it stays slightly damp. Avoid overwatering your plants, because too much moisture can affect them as well.
Plant support stakes
To ensure your tomatoes grow properly, it’s important that you provide support as they get taller. A plant support stake will help them stand tall and straight.
After two months, start using fertilizer to ensure a full and plentiful harvest. You can buy organic fertilizers at any garden shop, and the label should tell you how much to apply to your plant.
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Tomatoes ripen slowly. You’ll start picking them once they ripen. Still, some tomatoes won’t mature fully on the vine. In that case, it’s best to go ahead and cut and store them in a cool place until they’re ripe.