Tomatoes will soon be back in high season and will shine in a variety of colours and shapes in our pots. We’ll give you a few tips on how to prepare for breeding next year and how to care for tomatoes in general.
One could think that tomatoes are the easiest vegetables in the world to grow yourself, since the red balls are available day in, day out in every supermarket in abundance. But it’s not that easy to grow them yourself and you should follow a few important rules:
– Tomatoes don’t like rain. Place your plants as well as possible in a place protected from the rain or build a roof for them.
– Like so many plants, tomatoes like lots of sun and water. If necessary, water the plant several times a day, it should be placed in a particularly bright and hot location.
– Care should also be taken when watering. The plants don’t like it very much when water drips on the leaves. Only water the soil.
– Give the tomato enough space! The motto is: the bigger the pot, the better. Ideally, of course, the plant stands outside and can meander underground through as much soil as it likes.
– If there are several tomato seedlings, keep enough space between the plants. At least 60 centimetres are necessary for good air circulation.
– Help the tomato to concentrate its strength and remove unnecessary shoots. For example, stop individual branches and completely cut off intermediate shoots between the main trunk and the branch. (Google to “gutter” for more detailed instructions.)
– Support the tomato with bamboo sticks or a curved metal stick. If you use bast for tying, be careful not to tie the knot to the plant, but to tie it on the outside.
– You can buy normal and easy-care cherry tomato cuttings in any supermarket. If you are looking for more unusual varieties, visit a nursery or Pro Specie Rara’s special tomato seedling markets.
– You can also try growing your own cuttings by pulling a few grains out of ripe fruit and letting them dry.
– If your fruits don’t like to ripen through the summer until colder temperatures come, collect the green fruits and let them ripen on the windowsill. Gladly together with an apple, which releases ripening favorable substances.
– If the roots of the tomato are exposed towards the end of harvest time, it is essential that you cover them with fresh soil again.
– Fertilize your tomatoes regularly. There are commercially available organic fertilizers especially for tomatoes, as these often have a calcium deficiency.
– If you discover brown leaves or fruits on your plant, remove them immediately. The plant is sick and can only recover if you remove the contaminated parts.
– If possible, do not store the harvested tomatoes in the refrigerator. This will cause them to lose their aroma. It is best to place them in a bowl at room temperature in an airy and shady place.
Have fun planting and if you also have a tip or two for tomatoes, please bring it here!