Tuesday, June 5, 2018

3 DIY Gardening Tips For Growing Bigger Tomatoes!

3 Gardening Tips For Growing Bigger Tomatoes!

1. Prune Your Suckers!

That's right, prune your suckers! What does that mean? The image below shows where suckers begin. Suckers are essentially a new plant starting between the main stem and an off shoot. 
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These suckers take a ton of energy from the plant so pruning them allows the plant to focus all of it's energy on growing the main stem. When the main stem is nice and established then you will have less foliage (green leaves) and more flowers coming in. Since then energy is all being focused to where you want (height and fruit) you will have a healthy plant and fruit setting. It may seem like a bad idea at first but many growers have confirmed more pounds of fruit from pruning suckers. 

2. Trim Foliage And Plant Deep

Many new gardeners are not aware that tomatoes are one of the few plants that can have their stems plants. Looking at the picture above, you can see that you can trim the lower leaves off and plant the entire stem  up to that point. It may seem discouraging at first because you might have had this tall, beautiful plant that now seems tiny, but in the end it will pay off. Doing this allows the entire stem to turn into new roots giving the plant a strong base and much larger root print. Your plant will now be able to absorb more nutrients from the ground and water to allow it to grow quickly and produce more fruit! When you are planting, be sure to put some fertilizer in your planting hole as well. That way over time your fertilizer will break down and slowly feed your plants. Personally I like to use all organic fertilizer like the one listed below, but if you are not an organic gardener then you can use whatever you would like.

3 Great Organic Fertilizers

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Organic Plant Magic - Click To Buy On Amazon
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3. Stake Or Cage Your Tomatoes!

This may seem like an obvious one, but many new gardeners have the mentality of "I am just going to put this seed in the ground and let it grow."  Although that may work for other types of vegetables, tomatoes are not a good one for this technique. Tomatoes grow like weeds, and because of that they will grow tall very quickly and they also produce heavy fruits. Of course this may be a little different if you are growing a smaller variety, but even indeterminate cherry tomato plants will not be able to hold their main stem up when the fruit starts setting. And no one wants their beautiful tomatoes to be laying on the ground for the critters to eat! We want to eat the wonderful tomatoes! Tomato cages can be found at your local big box store or order tomato cages online at Amazon.

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