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This depends on the type of tomato plant. There are two main types: determinate and indeterminate. Determinate tomatoes branch and grow in a pre-determined pattern and for the most part they maintain their bush-like shape. After fruiting they are generally done for the season. Indeterminate tomato plants continue to grow as long as the weather remains suitable, and can sprawl all over the place. For this reason they are usually supported by stakes or a trellis. They branch out all over the place and need more pruning. All tomato plants get suckers, which grow from the joint between a leaf and stem. Suckers below the first blossoms should always be removed, no matter if your plant is determinate or indeterminate. On determinate tomatoes, you may not have to trim above the first blossom. Typically these plants take care of their own branching. However, if too many branches appear you might want to thin a few out. A tomato plant with 3 or 4 branches will generally produce the best yields and best tomatoes. The more branches the smaller the tomatoes. Also, the new branches use up energy which should go into the ripening tomatoes. Indeterminate tomatoes require constant pruning, because they will try to send out many new branches. Again, you want to limit the number of branches to 3 or 4.
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Tomatoes are easy to grow from a plant. The main things the plant needs are good, loose soil, water, sunshine, and more sunshine. A great way to get good soil is to throw you…r autumn leaves onto the ground where you plan to plant the tomato. Leave the leaves there all winter so that their nutrients will be absorbed by the soil. It is a good rule of thumb to wait till there is no more chance of the ground freezing before planting anything. Once there is no more chance of the ground freezing, remove the leaves from the soil. The leaves will be wet and full of worms, so it is not a pleasant task, but the results in the soil are well worth it. Always return every stray worm to the earth. Next, plant your tomato plants. Plant them a good two feet away from each other, for tomato bushes grow big. While the plants are still small, put tomato cages around each one. Now you will have to wait for some time before anything seems to happen. Like every plant, tomatoes need water. It is good to check the soil around the plants everyday. If it is moist or wet, leave it alone. But if it is dry, water it generously. When you water tomatoes, always put the hose or the water pitcher right at the base of the plant's stem so that the water goes directly into the dirt without touching the leaves or branches of the bush. If the tomato plant is too wet for too long, it will become sickly. A sign of a healthy tomato plant is green powder from the leaves. Rub your fingers along the tops of the tomato plants; if a green powder is left on your fingers, your plant is healthy and getting plenty of sunshine. Eventually yellow flowers will blossom on the bushes. From these flowers will grow tomatoes. Although you have to wait a considerable time before the tomatoes start actually coming, once they come, they come in full force. Now you have to check the bushes for two things besides the dampness of their soil; you must also look for tomatoes and for cracked stems. Pick the tomatoes when they are ripe. If you leave a tomato for too long, it will fall prey to little rodents and insects. So it is best to check your tomatoes bushes every morning. If a tomato looks almost ready, pick it. It is better to pick a tomato a few hours early than to find it half eaten by vermin the next morning. Because tomato bushes are so thick, you will have to search through the mesh of their foliage to find the tomatoes growing on their central branches. It will take a good several minutes to completely find every tomato on a single healthy bush. Cracked stems are a problem caused by the weight of the tomatoes. A tomato bush can handle several cracked stems. But it is better to avoid cracked stems by tearing an old T-shirt into long, 1 inch wide strips. Use these strips to hold stray branches (like in a sling) and tie the ends of these strips to a horizontal bar on the tomato cage. Very large tomato bushes will grow so far beyond their cages that they will begin to fall over, taking their cages with them. In this case, hammer several tall, strong sticks into the ground and tie the bush and cage to the sticks to hold the bushes and cages upright. You may break a few stems in the process, but that is not bad if you do not break more than a few. Finally, as the tomato bushes die, remove the cages and sticks and ties. Also remove the dead tomato plants! Letting them "rot in place" or chopping them up and adding them to your tomato plot is one of the #1 ways tomato plant diseases are spread. A final note to keep in mind is that land cannot support the same plant for year after year. So it is good to let the land rest for a year every two or three years.
Conditions Are too Good The most common reason why an apparently healthy tomato plant has no fruit, when growing outdoors, is that its soil is too fertile. Tomato pla…nts go to seed when they are stressed by slightly infertile conditions...liken this to cool-weather plants that must be protected from heat, lest THEY go to seed. Since, unlike lettuce and broccoli, we actually want tomatoes to go to seed (bear fruit), we have to take care in these ways: Be careful not to give them fertilizer with much nitrogen. It's also possible for soil to have too much nitrogen already. A third source of over-fertility is nearby legumes: Bean, pea, and clover plants host a bacteria that fixes nitrogen into the soil, and are good for planting near cucurbits (cucumbers, squash, and melons), brassica (broccoli, cabbage), and corn, but should never be grown near tomatoes or peppers. The Plant is too Still If the obviously healthy plant plant is actually blooming, but not setting fruit, then the problem is likely to not be overly fertile soil, but overly still air. If the air is extremely still (no breeze) for weeks at a time, or you are growing tomatoes indoors, you can get blooms that do not "set" into fruit. This is because they are not getting pollinated. Tomatoes are self-pollinating, but they need at least a light breeze, or American-native pollinators to disturb them. You can easily fix this, simply by gently shaking the entire plant (very gently) every day or two. Animals like birds visiting the plants can have a similar effect. Note that honeybees are an invasive species from the Old World, while tomato plants are native to the Americas; No plants native to the Americas need, or even can use, honeybees for pollination. Pumpkins need squash bees, tomatoes air-pollinate, corn is pollinated by birds, wind, and large American insects, et cetera. Encourage native pollinators in your garden, by including "companion plants" that will attract them, like umbellifers (queen anne's lace and parsley, for example). They are old world plants, but their flowers attract few honeybees, and are the right size for many native pollinators.
If the air is extremely still for weeks at a time, or you are growing tomatoes indoors, you can get blooms that do not "set" into fruit. This is because they are not getting p…ollinated. Tomatoes are self-pollinating, but they need at least a light breeze, or American-native pollinators to disturb them. You can easily fix this, simply by gently shaking the entire plant (very gently) every day or two. Note that honeybees are an invasive species from the Old World, while tomato plants are native to the Americas; No plants native to the Americas need, or even can use, honeybees for pollination. Pumpkins need squash bees, tomatoes air-pollinate, corn is pollinated by birds, wind, and large American insects, et cetera.
The easiest way to trim strawberry plants for the winter is to mow them with your lawn mower. This can be done anytime after harvest and before frost.
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If you plan to plant tomatoes, temperature is the first thing you need to consider. You can start planting when thee temperature is steady at 50 degrees Fahrenheit. If the… tomatoes have to start bearing fruit, its need to be warm as 55 degrees Fahrenheit. As with most of the fruits, sunlight is very essential. The watering will mainly depend on the weather conditions. You need to increase the frequency if the weather is hot. The fruit can be very adaptable when it comes to soil. Most fertilizers can be just fine. Try to add compost to the soil when planting tomatoes.
Tomatoes should be planted after all chances of frost are gone for your area. Your local extension agent would have the dates for your area. You can plant the seeds in contai…ners inside the house in January. By April or May you will have nice sized plants to transplant into your garden.
If your tomato plants are not producing anything (except blossoms), you might have a pollination problem, or you might have planted seeds from a store-bought tomato that have… been cross-pollinated and are more or less sterile. This presumes that they are blossoming but are not producing fruit. If, on the other hand, your tomato plants are producing fruit but are performing poorly, they are underfed, underwatered or you have not pruned them properly. Make sure you feed them a good general purpose fertilizer two or three times after the plants have developed, and most importantly, prune them heavily!!! You must remove all the leafing branches except for the top three or four at all times during the growth of the plant or you will grow nothing but leaves and a few underdeveloped puny tomatoes. This means that you will be removing branches or suckers or both every day throughout the growing season. Do not remove the producing growths, just the leafy branches. And please note this does not apply to Tiny Tims and other dwarfed plants as they grow so branchy they are nearly impossible to prune; these plants will produce hundreds of tiny tomatoes without any pruning whatsoever.
The average date to plant tomatoes in Kentucky is around April the 12th.
They flower and then the flower dies off to be replaced by the fruit (the tomato).
Pinch back new growth to make the plant bushier. Basil is a member of the mint family, so it likes good drainage and moist soil. Given moist soil, full sun, and a re…gular dose of diluted fertilizer (like compost tea) you can trim your basil plants with scissors or pinch back with your fingernails. Always trim back to a leaf node - don't leave bare stems.
May the 3rd is generally considered your last frost date. So you can plant your tomato plants anytime after that.
Get seeds and plant them or get the Topsy Turvy Tomato Planter. If you buy the plant in the store partly grown, bury 3/4 of the tomato plant underground. well most people bu…y them in little plastic pots and put them near a sunny window,then when there getting a little to big for the small pots you plant them out side in fertile soil in the sun,and you have to stake a pole a inch or two away from the plant so it can grow around it sence tomato grows on vines, water it once every day or two days depends how much it rains,then wait till there red and pick em,if you live in a buggy area put 7-dust around the ground of your garden,but make shure to wash the tomato well befor eating,and don't kill spiders,lady bugs,or praymantis because they kill insects that eat plants in your garden
Tomato plants are sensitive to the pH levels in the garden soil. The optimum levels should be between 6-6.8
it depends on the plant and how long it grows for but a healthy tomato plant will continuously produce fresh tomato's as long as the plant is properly taken care of and it is …possible for them to live for mutable years in green house's.
Beefsteak tomatoes are no different than other types of tomatoes when it comes to planting time. It all depends upon your hardiness zone. I have included a link for you to fin…d yours.
The USDA says that the average is around 15 pounds. However this number ranges a lot depending on how good your soil is and what type of plant you're planting. In ge…neral - if a plant is fed well it can do 15-45 pounds. If it's special types it can grow 100+ pounds (but that world record range).