South Texas Gardening with Bob Webster

Tomatoes



tomatoes
The tomato, also called the love apple, is a herbaceous, usually sprawling plant in the nightshade family (like potatoes and eggplants), widely cultivated for its edible fruit. They are served and prepared as a vegetable, which is why most people consider them a vegetable and not a fruit.

Tomato plants typically reach from 3 feet to 10 feet in height and have a weak, woody stem that often vines over other plants. The leaves are about 4 inches to 10 inches long. The tomato is by far the home gardener`s favorite crop, so it makes sense that you should do everything possible to get the most from your plants.

Here are some suggestions:
Feed with Natural Solutions Liquid Fertilizer every 2 weeks or Landscape Essentials Monthly .Grow your tomatoes in cages. Research shows that with cages you can double your crop compared to staking them. Prevent Spider mites by spraying every one to two weeks with our Liquid Seaweed/ Molasses. This will also increase plant vigor and improve the taste and nutrition of the fruit.

Prevent blossom end rot with applications of Epsom salts (2 tbls/gallon of water) once or twice per season. Always plant some indeterminate and cherry varieties. Small tomatoes continue to set fruit in the
heat, and indeterminate varieties produce over a much longer period than determinate types.


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