Tomatoes are a great summertime food and can be used in soups, stews and sauces. They are a favorite for growing at home and are easy to grow from seed. The problem, many new to gardening have is that tomato plants can become very heavy and it is important when growing them to remember not to put too much weight on the vines. If they are put too heavy, they may not get the sunlight they need to grow.
Tomatoes love full sunlight but if you live in an area where it is too hot there are other options you can use as well. One way is to use what is called a hanging pot to give them some shade. Tomatoes like a good watering. You should keep a watering plan in mind when growing your tomato plants. There are certain watering needs for different kinds of tomatoes.
African hybrids are generally dry fruit and will do well in the desert. However, many other varieties do better if they are being grown in a sunny environment. For example, African Waponi and Womopsis tomatoes enjoy full sun but you will have trouble keeping them healthy in the heat. These are more heat tolerant than African hybrid tomatoes. Hybrid tomatoes also do well in containers.
Many tomato varieties do not like wet soil and this means that you will have to be careful with how you plant them. The idea is to get them into the ground as quickly as possible and have them deepened during the later part of the season. Many wholesale seed suppliers will be able to help you with this information.
Tomatoes love moisture, so you will have to use this fact to your advantage. Many African hybrids are prone to rust and this means that you will have to keep them well watered or you may have problems with rotting foliage in the early stages of growth. Keep an eye on the moisture if you are in the United States. As many people are getting busy with their schedules in the work arena, they are not thinking about where their tomatoes are going to be kept at night. Watering at night is easier if you are not planting in soil that is hard and compacted.
Tomatoes should be moved often but you will need to be sure that you take care of them properly to achieve success. You may want to dig them up and move them periodically if they are being grown upside down. This is another reason why you will have to look at the conditions of the land that you are growing them in to see if they are prepared for the transplant. Many companies specialize in tomato seeds and many can prepare your soil for moving if you prefer to move your seedlings in small containers.
Tomatoes love the sun so you will have to spend a lot of time picking the seeds that you like from the plants that you grow. They don't like it very much if you try to give them artificial sunlight during the day. Some people even prefer to grow tomatoes indoors in a glass pot so that they can watch the tomatoes grow during the night. The tomatoes will be harvested as the leaves turn color from green to yellow to brown.
Tomatoes love moisture so if you are growing them in a container, you should plan on putting some kind of a water holding solution down in the bottom of the container during the first year. You will have to refill this every couple of months after that until the soil is moist enough to let the seeds germinate. If you plan on making your own compost or putting some down in your soil, then be sure that it contains moisture because that is what the roots will need to grow roots. Tomatoes have a short shelf life when they are picked because they are so small. If you do grow them for a long time, you will want to make sure that you harvest them at a very proper times so that they don't turn brown and dry up.