How to easily grow tomatoes

by Anna | 21.10.2013 | 3 steps | hard | 120 Min. | 1 times | Rating: 0 votes

A guide to having fun easily growing tomatoes!

Tomatoes are a wonderful salad-bowl fruit that can be easily grown. However, they do require quite a bit of ongoing care to ensure that you get large harvests. Plants come in two main varieties; cordoned or bushy. Whilst the former offers decadent huge fruit the size of baubles, the latter are easier to grow, giving you the perfect alternative if you haven’t got a lot of time.

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Plants
Tomato seeds
Materials
Compost
Liquid tomato feed
Pots and grow bags
Tools
Trowel
Stakes or bamboo canes
Fork
Secateurs
tomato seeds

tomato seeds

tomato seeds

Step 1

Sowing

Sow seeds in March on a warm windowsill by placing them on moist soil and covering with a fine layer of compost. They are very easy to germinate and as they develop, keep them at a constant 18ºC.

Items:
Trowel
Compost
Tomato seeds
fertilizer tomato

fertilizer tomato

fertilizer tomato

Step 2

Transferring and feeding

Transfer to individual pots as soon as two true leaves appear (these are not the luminous green leaves that first erupt out of the seed, but are the smaller leaves that appear). Keep growing them on until they're big enough for grow bags or 23cm pots. At this point, you should begin adding a liquid tomato feed every 10 days and remove leaves as they yellow. You should also use a stake from now on to loosely keep plants upright. 

Items:
Stakes or bamboo canes
Fork
Liquid tomato feed
Pots and grow bags
tomato plant

tomato plant

tomato plant

Step 3

Pruning

Each side stem should be pruned when it's about 2.5cm long. Once plants have developed between four and seven trusses (sets of flowers off the main trunk), pinch out the growing tip at the top of the plant to maximise fruiting. 

Provide plenty of sun to maturing fruit and ensure tomatoes are watered regularly. Pick fruit when they're beginning to turn red, before cracking or infection can occur. 

Items:
Secateurs
Plants
Tomato seeds
Materials
Compost
Liquid tomato feed
Pots and grow bags
Tools
Trowel
Stakes or bamboo canes
Fork
Secateurs
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