Tomatoes are fun and easy to grow. However, it may also be a little daunting if you have never tried it before. Here are several expert tomato plant guides for growing small tomato plants indoors (which are otherwise called Solanaceae or Lycopsida within scientific terminology.)
Growing small tomato plants indoors will require you to purchase some pots. It is best to get one with a long and straight shape because this helps the plants to grow up and over the walls. It is even better if they are hollowed out and look more like the shape of a human hand with fingers pointing out. There are different kinds of pots you can buy: round, square, and rectangular. Make sure you choose the correct size of the pot. Most plants prefer the larger pots, but some do fine in small ones.
After selecting the right kind of pot, plant seeds in it the usual way. The seeds should be placed in small holes made by breaking large stones. This prevents the roots from getting moist while they prepare for transplanting. Keep in mind that if you don’t do this correctly your tomatoes could end up being a little bitter due to not receiving enough moisture during the time they spent in the ground. Try doing this carefully.
Tomatoes are naturally deficient in potassium, so make sure their soil has plenty of it. It’s best if your soil has good quality potting soil as well because this will help retain moisture in the soil and keep your plants healthy. If you’re trying to grow tomatoes indoors, you’ll need to give them much more water than you would normally, but only up to about two inches of water per week. Too much water can cause your plants to wilt.
Once you have set up your garden and your plantings are growing properly, you’ll want to harvest the crop you’ve grown. You can simply pick them off the vine. Most gardeners prefer hand harvesting by reaching high with a stick to grab a handful of berries, but you may find it easier to use a hand-held garden tool. Some gardeners like to use a mechanical arm to get closer to the plant as they pick.
Tomatoes come in a variety of shapes and colors. Some of them are more compact and are called dwarf varieties, others are big and are called snap peas, and there are varieties with irregular shapes and patterns that look like beans and are called popcorn tomatoes. You’ll also find varieties with fruit color ranging from dark green to light green in most plants. The deeper the fruit color, the less likely it is that the fruits will be stored properly when picked.
Tomato plants require relatively little maintenance once they start growing comfortably. If they have their own pots, the soil will need only be lightly mixed each day and they should be planted at least six inches deep. For larger plants, they should be planted in thick potting mix with about an inch of water added to the soil for each gallon of water they require.
As soon as the tomatoes start to bloom and produce fruit, you’ll want to put them in the sun immediately. They will still require some sun even after they’re planted, and it’s important for them to get plenty of sunlight, especially during the hottest part of the day. For optimal growth and harvest, they should be planted about a foot away from the house, and in a spot that receives a lot of southern light. You’ll also want to mulch around the plants once they’re finished growing, as this will help keep weeds at bay and prevent rot.