Are You Over Watering Your Tomato Plants?

Tomatoes, those kings of the summer vegetable garden, thrive during the hot, dry periods when supplemental irrigation is a must. Yet too much water results in poorly producing plants, disease or early death. Balancing the water needs of the plants requires keeping a sharp eye out for the first signs of tomato distress from too much irrigation. Leaf Problems Several leaf conditions occur from overwatering. Leaf roll results in older leaves on the tomato plant rolling upward while becoming brittle. High soil moisture in conjunction with direct sunlight causes this…

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The Tomato

Tomatoes are the most popular home garden vegetable. They are easy to grow and thrive under a variety of growing conditions. Sales of tomato transplants have skyrocketed in recent years with tomato plants being an important part of the spring bedding-plant industry. Tomatoes are a native South American crop but were taken to Europe by early explorers. Although some Europeans accepted the tomato immediately, others thought it to be poisonous. Even after the plant was brought to America, most Americans were afraid of tomatoes until the 1830s. Nutritive Value Tomatoes are an excellent source of vitamin C. One…

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Caring for Tomatoes at Mid-season

Giving tomato plants the proper attention at planting time is the most important step you can take to ensuring a satisfying harvest. However, even with the best care initially, keeping your tomatoes growing strong will require some mid-season care as they head toward harvest time. Controlling Disease Once the plants start to flower and form new tomatoes, keep an eye out for leaf spot or leaf curl on the plant. Another sign of trouble is leaf drop or yellowing leaves. Unfortunately, many diseases common to tomatoes look similar. Some are…

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Lots Of Flowers And No Tomatoes

Are you getting tomato plant blossoms but no tomatoes? When a tomato plant is not producing, it can leave you at a loss as to what to do. Several factors can lead to a lack of fruit setting, such as temperature, irregular watering practices, and poor growing conditions. You don’t need two plants in order to produce fruit either—this is a popular misconception. Big Blooms but No Tomatoes on the Tomato Plant Lush Foliage but No Tomatoes If you’re troubled with lots of lush foliage on your tomato plants but can’t seem…

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The Perfect Tomato Plan

Nine square feet and a single seed. That’s all you need to grow as many juicy, vine-ripened, BLT-perfect tomatoes as you can eat in a season. But if you are like most gardeners, you want to a bounty of luscious beefsteaks, saucers, cherries, and more that you can share with family and friends, make into salsa or chutney, and put up in jars of sauce. I’ve gathered the hints and tricks that have proven themselves season after season in our test gardens into this guide that takes you from planting…

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The Glorious Tomato

Tomato, is today the most popular garden vegetable in America. For many years, however, tomatoes (then called “love apples”) were considered poisonous and were grown solely for their ornamental value. Tomatoes are usually easy to grow and a few plants provide an adequate harvest for most families. The quality of fruit picked in the garden when fully ripe far surpasses anything available on the market, even in season. The tomato plant is a tender, warm-season perennial that is grown as an annual in summer gardens all over the continental United…

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