Tomatoes are one of the famous vegetable plants among the gardeners.
This is due to the good taste of the fruits and it is also are one of the easy plants to be taken care of even for novice gardeners.
Even though the tomato plants are very easy to grow, it does not mean that you can just throw the seeds and then sit back to wait for the yields, there are still a few works that need to be done so that the plants could grow healthily and produce the best result.
Requirements in Growing Tomatoes
Some of the basic requirements that you need to know and to do when growing tomatoes are as listed below:
1. Prune or Pinch The Suckers.
It is important for your to remove the suckers from the main plants.
By removing the suckers, you could increase the yield of the tomatoes.
Suckers will not producing the tomato fruits and will actually suck a lot of energy from the main plants.
Most of the nutrients taken by the plants will be channeled in growing the suckers instead of helping the growth of the main plant and producing the good fruits for you to yield.
By removing the sucker, the plant could use the energy in growing healthily and eventually produce a higher yield.
2. Plant the Seedlings Deeper into The Soil.
Unlike most of other vegetable plants where you should plant the seedlings the same level with their root level when transplanting them from the seedling tray to the ground, tomato plants, however, are a little bit different.
Tomato plants can be planted deeper even though the soil is covering its stem and it is even advisable for you to do that.
When you plant the plant’s stem into the soil, the stem will produce more roots from the stems thus will help to support the plants and help the plants to increase the efficiency in taking the nutrients from the soil.
Therefore, do not afraid to plant the tomato seedlings deeper into the soil as it will not harm the tomato plants like the normal practice with other plants.
3. Watering The Plants
You need to water the tomatoes deep and regularly especially when there are about to produce yields.
4. Stake The Tomato Plants.
This is one of the main requirements when growing tomatoes.
This article will mainly discuss on how you can easily stake your tomato plants using various type of products that are available in the market.
There are actually many types of tomato plants’ stakes that are available on the market that you can choose based on how you want to grow the plants either in the pots/container or on your garden soil/planting beds.
Below are some of the stakes that are easily available to be bought at Amazon.com for growing tomatoes:
1.Hanging Upside Down Tomato Planter
Actually, this product is not used to support or stake your tomato plants.
It is actually a method that enables you to grow the tomato plants without the need to support or stake them.
Using this upside down planter will need you to grow the tomato plants upside down where the soil will be above the plants instead below the plants.
An example of the upside down planter or container for growing tomatoes is the Topsy Turvy Upside Down Tomato Planter.
2. Compact Upside Down Tomato Planter
This is another product that you can use to grow your tomatoes upside down without having to use any staking to support the plant.
The main difference between this upside down planter and the one mentioned earlier is the first planter needs you to hand hang the planter whereas this one you can just put it on the ground wherever you want around your garden or apartment to grow tomatoes.
An example of this type of planter that you can buy is the Compact Upside Down Tomato Planter by Flambeau.
3. Growing Cage
The third choice on how you can support your tomato plants is by using the growing cage.
The are many designs of growing cages that are available on the market and they are also made from different materials. Some were made from steel and some were made from plastic material.
The growing cages are most suitable to be used if you are growing your tomatoes on the ground instead of using the container. This is due to the size of most of the containers that usually does not allow you to use the large size of the growing cages inside them.
You can also grow multiple tomato plants with only one growing cage as it is strong and sturdy as growing cages usually have three of four faces that you grow different tomato plants at each side.
Examples of growing cage that are available on the market are the Folding Professional Gauge Galvanized Tomato Cage and Plant Support by Panacea Products and the Ultomato Tomato Plant Cage by Gardener’s Blue Ribbon
4. Bamboo/Steel/Wood Stick Stakes
The next choice to stake the tomato plants especially for people who are growing their tomatoes in the container or planter is using the sticks.
As there are not much space that you could put other types of stakes to support your plants in the small containers, the thin size of bamboo, wood or steel sticks is very suitable to be used to support your tomato plants that you grow in the containers.
Examples of the sticks product that are available on the market are the Gardener’s Blue Ribbon BB4 25-Pack Bamboo Plant Stakes and the Plant Stakes, Garden Stakes, Tomato Stakes, Training Stakes by EcoStake
The next way you can support your tomato plants is by using the trellis.
The difference between the cage and the trellis is that the growing cage usually has at least three sides and normally 4 sides but the trellis has only 1 side that can be used to grow the tomato plants.
Same as the growing cage, trellis also comes in a lot of different designs and materials that you can choose.
Examples of trellis that are available on the market for you to buy is the Critter Guard Cedar Garden Trellis by Greenes Fence and the Leaf Trellis Garden Stake by Collections Etc.
6. Container With Trellis
For those of you who are planning to grow your tomatoes in containers then this type of gardening product might be very suitable for you.
With these type of container, you do not have to think about the staking anymore as the container will usually have the built in stake for you to use.
An example of the product for this type of container is the Vegetable Planter Box Comes with Trellis by LCI.
Another way on how you can stake the tomato plants is by using the growing netting.
There are many types and sizes of growing nets for you to choose based on your circumstances and suitability.
In order to use the netting, you need to have or built the support for the netting in order for them to support your plants.
An example of growing net is the Trellis Netting Heavy-Duty Nylon Tangle by Dalen.
8. RollerHook Tomato and Vine Crop Trellis
Instead of using the nets to support the tomato plants you can also use single strong twine to support them.
An example of this type of product that is available on the market is the RollerHook Tomato and Vine Crop Trellis by GrowBiggerPlants.
9. Clippings or Wires
Lastly, to complete the process of staking you tomato plants, you need growing clippings or wires to attached the plants to the stake so that the plants will not be easily fell down.
As you can see, there are a lot of ways that you can do to support your tomatoes plants no matter what method that you choose to grow your tomato plants and how much your budget is.
Should you have anything to say about what we have just discussed, please do not hesitate to leave a comment.