Tomatoes are one of the easiest fruits to grow. Yes, you could. Several years back, I purchased a small starter Sweet tomato plant from a gardening store. Once planted it was in a large ceramic pot on the sunny balcony, covered with beautiful fruit blossoms, and within a couple of weeks it had covered the entire balcony railing. It was that simple.
After that I learned everything there was to know about growing tomato plants from books. I read everything I could get my hands on, from books, magazines, and even on several internet sites. I followed the gardening instructions to the letter. However, after several months of watering and neglecting to fertilize my tomato plant, it just stopped growing altogether. I needed to use some sort of fertilizer to start growing again.
So I turned to the Internet once more. What I found surprised me. There were hundreds of different tomato plant guides that offered tons of tips and advice. The great thing about these guides is that they showed me how to plant a tomato plant which was not only easy but also provided the right amount of water and the correct amount of fertilizer. This information, coupled with the fact that I actually was able to dig up and purchase several tomato varieties from various gardening stores, allowed me to grow a larger and much tastier garden. Now, I just needed a little more information.
One thing I did notice right away was that different types of tomatoes plant require different amounts of water. For instance, I needed to give my tomato plant plenty of water to get it started. After I watered it, I put some good soil in the bottom of the bed along with some sand. This helped the tomato plant get itself started off properly.
When I was reading about growing tomato plants I noticed that one type of tomato plant needs more water than the other types. They are called the determinate or indeterminate tomato plants. These tomato plants cannot handle frost and always require moist soil. They have large and round fruits but lack the stringy taste of the true tomato. They are great if you only want small, picky tomato plants. If you want your tomato plant to have a delicious taste and to produce a lot of fruit, then you should plant the determinate tomato plants.
The next thing I learned about growing tomato plants was that you should prune your plants. In addition to making sure your tomato plant stays healthy and produces large and delicious fruit, pruning also makes your tomato plant taste better. When I pruned my tomato plant I cut away some of the higher branches so that the fruit tomato plants produce from the lower parts would be reduced. What you want to do is keep the entire canes of the vines intact, but cut away some of the twigs at the base. I also pruned back some of the larger leaves. This helped to keep some of the moisture in the soil and to keep the leaves from drying out.
It was very important for me to keep track of how much water each of the tomato plants needed. I needed to know how much water they got because I could not go to the feed store to buy enough for all the tomato plants. Luckily I knew a guy who was willing to loan me enough water for the entire farm (he’s a great grower).
Tomatoes are very easy to grow, but you need to know what to plant and how to care for them in order to get the best results. I hope this article has been helpful in learning about the different varieties of tomato plants and how they all should be treated. I would recommend trying both the determinate and indeterminate tomato varieties. Both are equally rewarding plants. Good luck!