Care For Your Tomatoes
The tomato, also known as Solanum lycopericum, is probably the world’s most popular fruit, mostly red, medium-sized, berry-shaped, fruit-bearing plant of the genus Solanaceae. The wild tomato species originates primarily in Central and South America but has now spread worldwide, from coast to coast. The name tomato given by the Nahuatl language, tomatl gives rise to the English word, tomato.
Tomatoes are widely grown in Central and South America, Asia and Africa, and even in the United States. In the United States, tomato plants are grown on a smaller scale than their counterparts in other regions, mainly due to their relatively short growing period. Most tomato plants are propagated by stolons, which are either seeds or roots of the parent plant. Some tomato plants are hand-pollinated, while others are cross-pollinated.
The tomato plants are considered very versatile, but they need regular watering to prevent over-watering. If the soil is dry for several months, plants may suffer from leaf wilt and leaf discoloration. This happens when the leaf blade of the plants become brittle. If you plan to propagate tomato plants on a large scale, you should place them in a greenhouse where they will have plenty of sunlight. If you do not have enough sun in your home, then plant them in pots or in containers outdoors.
A large number of tomato plants grow quickly on a small space. These are the ones that are best eaten fresh, although there are some varieties that will tolerate freezing temperatures. If you grow tomato plants on a large scale, you should place them in containers in different areas, so that you can harvest the entire crop at once, instead of having each individual plant to be harvested. If you grow the tomato plants too close together, you will only be harvesting the leaves from one plant and not the whole one.
Tomato plants need approximately three feet per foot for optimal growth. Keep in mind that if you plant them near a structure or wall, they will take up more room and take longer to mature. If you do not have a lot of space in your yard, you should consider growing tomatoes in a container garden. because they are less invasive than permanent plants and require little maintenance.
Plant your plants about four feet apart, and make sure that the soil is firm. Do not plant the plants too close together that it may hinder their growth or cause problems.
Make sure that the soil is acidic before you plant them, otherwise the soil will not be able to retain enough water. Water the soil daily, especially during hot and dry weather. It is also important to mulch the soil in order to retain the moisture.
One more thing to remember when caring for tomato plants is that these plants are highly susceptible to disease, so you should water frequently and mulch your plants regularly. If you do not water the plants often, it is likely that the tomato plants will be prone to diseases and pests and diseases, like black spot, which causes yellow or discoloration of the leaves.
The next thing you will want to do is to make sure that you prune your tomato plants if they become overgrown. These are simple tasks that will not cost much effort, but it can make all the difference in how much fruit you harvest from them.
If you do prune them, make sure that you do it correctly. The best way to do this is to divide the plants into two and then remove all of the shoots, as well as any leaves that you do not plan on eating. This should help prevent the plant from becoming overgrown.
Water your plants at least once a week. If you are going to plant the tomatoes in pots, water them daily, however, if not, you can water them once a day in the morning and again in the evening.
There are a variety of vegetables and fruits that grow very fast; however, tomatoes are one of the fastest growing fruits and vegetables that you can grow in containers. These fruits are also very tasty and delicious. Make sure that you enjoy them right away when you plant them, as they do not last very long.