These helpful tips of how to grow heirloom tomatoes in your garden will set you on a path to such flavorful tomatoes that buying store brought will almost break your heart.
Heirloom Tomatoes are just one of many varieties of tomatoes grown all over the world. This fruit is very popular, yes, you heard me right tomatoes are actually fruits. While many people, including myself, have mistaken them for vegetables before learning that they are not.
Tomatoes have a wide range of uses including as a condiment, as a base for sauces and even as a snack. It is not too difficult to pick out a tomato at the grocery store or farmers market, it’s typical bright red exterior and soft, soft texture is hard to miss.
While the Heirloom variety of tomatoes have recently started to become more popular amongst tomato growers, they have not always enjoyed such praise from commercial growers. One reason is that they lack a gene that helps to produce the desired bright red color and large, meaty size consistently. However, this missing gene mutation gives it that unique characteristic of producing a wide range of size, color and flavor of its fruit.
Tips on Growing Big, Tasty Heirloom Tomatoes
The first thing to know about all tomato plants, they are a hot-weather plant and should not be planted too early. They also require a healthy, nutrient-rich soil in order for them to grow and deliver the biggest, most tasty fruit. Feeding and watering are also very important. Both should be done properly and with the right amount plant food and not too much water.
Best time to plant seeds
A hot weather crop like tomatoes need a warm soil, which means you should not be planting tomato seeds until the morning temperatures are consistently above 55-degrees. Always be sure that the soil is warm before you start planting seeds and always remove any leaves and/or buds from pre-grown plants before you put them into your garden.
Best soil condition
Having good, nutrient rich soil for your tomato plants to grow in will almost always guarantee a bumper crop of the best tomatoes every time. Using organic soil conditioners are going to give you the best results and compared to artificial fertilizers and plant foods. To be sure that you get the best quality garden soil, it is recommended that you establish a compost and only use it for your tomato garden. This will ensure that you don’t get hold of a bad product from your local garden supply store.
Best schedule for planting and watering
Now that you have you plants in the ground, it is very important that they get the right amount of nutrients and water. Unfortunately, far too often people make the mistake that any amount of water that gets put on the ground around their tomato plants is fine.
That could not be further from the truth, if you water them too much, you can literally drown them and wash away the beneficial nutrients in the soil. The truth is, you should feed them with a good, organic tomato plant food and spray it directly on the foliage. You should also give the soil around each plant a good soaking every three weeks.
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