Gardening is a fun and practical activity you can do in these times of pandemic. Besides giving you a productive time to wind up and relax by doing physical activity, it can also benefit the family by giving you free, organic food and a healthier environment.
There are many plants you can try and one of which is tomato, which is a necessity in almost all dishes in different cuisines, from Italian to Asian cuisines.
Tomatoes also called Solanum Lycopersicum, is a versatile fruit, not just in terms of being an ingredient but also as being a plant. It can be planted everywhere and in different climates.
Although small tomatoes are still great, most of us prefer those bigger, plumper, and juicier ones. If you are having a problem growing your tomatoes at home, read through and we will share with you some of the tips we found to help you with this issue.
- Increase the sun exposure of the plant – how the tomatoes get sunlight and how much sunlight they get directly affect the size and the quality of the tomatoes you will be producing. And tomatoes commonly like sunlight. This directly implies that the more your tomatoes get more sunlight exposure, the bigger their size will be, and vice versa. It is common knowledge that sunlight triggers the process of photosynthesis, which is needed to feed the plant with the energy it needs. So, in order to have bigger tomatoes, plant them in an area or landscape that receives a substantial amount of sunlight
- Have more space – overcrowding your tomatoes will trigger stress in the plants. You will never have plumper and juicier tomatoes if you try to squeeze them in a tiny landscape. So, the question is, how far apart should you space them? Different varieties have different needs and requirements. However, there is a rule of thumb that most professionals use: space your tomato at least two feet apart from each other if you want your tomatoes to be healthier.
- Prune – pruning is something essential not just for tomato plants but for all plants and trees. Pruning enables you to remove dead and infected branches and leaves that could further spread to the healthy parts of the plants, leaving your tomatoes infested and more likely to die. You are also encouraging new leaves to grow and removing disease and decay.
- Add some mulch – besides pruning, mulching is another practice that plant and tree care specialists would advise for you to have healthier plants. Mulching helps in providing moisture to your plants while also preventing soil erosion and weed intrusion. However, you need to know that there is a correct way on mulching your trees and plants as well as the correct amount. Research first for what your tomato variety needs and start from there.
- Use a trellis – trellis encourages more growth in plants like a tomato. As the tomato starts to grow, it will begin to have vines that crawl outwards and if you provide a trellis, this will encourage faster and convenient growth to your tomato.