Growing your own tomatoes is exciting and it pays back with delicious sweet fruits.
Follow our simple advices to enjoy your tomato experience!
  1. Select a site with full sun.
  2. Dig soil to about 30 cm deep and mix in aged manure and/or compost. Give it two weeks to break down before planting.
  3. Remember to allow enough space for the plants to spread out.
  4. Water generously the first few days that the tomato seedlings or transplants are in the ground.
  5. Water in the early morning so that plants have sufficient moisture to make it through a hot day.
  6. Avoid splashing water on the leaves (which invites disease).
  7. Apply 2 to 4 inches of organic mulch (such as straw, hay, or bark chips) 5 weeks after transplanting to retain moisture.
  8. Continue fertilising tomatoes about every 3 to 4 weeks until frost.
  9. As a plant grows, trim the lower leaves from the bottom 12 inches of the stem (removing them helps prevent fungal diseases from taking hold).
  10. Pinch and remove suckers that develop in the crotch joint of two branches. They won’t bear fruit and will take energy away from the rest of the plant.
  11. Water deeply and regularly while the fruits are developing. After the fruits begins to ripen, you can ease up on the watering. Lessening the water will coax the plant into concentrating its sugars, for better flavour.
  12. Pinching off the tips of the main stems in early summer will encourage indeterminate tomatoes (those with fruit available continuously) to start putting their energy into flowering. Indeterminate tomatoes like to grow tall before they start setting fruits, so don’t be alarmed if your tomato plants aren’t flowering for their first month or two. Pinching is also a handy trick toward the end of the summer when you want the last tomatoes to hurry up and ripen. It shouldn’t be a problem getting determinate tomatoes (those that ripen all at once) to set fruit unless weather conditions are unfavourable and cause a condition aptly named “blossom drop.”