The tomato is simply the red fruit of the tomato plant Solanum lycopsicum, most commonly known as a tomato bush. The original species originated from central and eastern South America. The Nahuatl language word tomatl given birth to the English word, tomato.
Tomato plants are very popular in the home garden, as they add a nice color and taste to any dish you create with them. The first use for tomatoes was in the 16th century when they were grown in France as a way to feed the French royalty. Nowadays, tomatoes can be found in virtually any grocery store that carries fresh produce. They can be purchased in both the frozen variety and the fresh variety.
When tomatoes are first picked, they are small and very tender. You may have to move the plant from one place to another when harvesting them to harvest the full fruit. The best time for harvesting them is immediately after they begin to develop their tomato juice, or pulp. If you want to use the fruit before it is ripe, do not eat them at this time. This is not only because the pulp is not as delicious, but it also has a chance of being contaminated with disease causing organisms if the fruit is eaten immediately after it is ripe.
Many people think that tomatoes can be planted directly into the ground, but this is not the best method to use when growing tomato plants in a backyard. They will require some form of support or structure to grow up off the ground, whether it is wood wire or bricks. This structure needs to be sturdy and durable so that the roots can remain on the support for the longest period of time possible. It also has to be a good enough density for the roots to not easily break through the surface support. This will result in the tomatoes not being able to produce any fruit.
If you plan to grow tomato plants in a greenhouse, it is important to make sure that the greenhouse has plenty of light. The reason for this is because this type of environment does not need a lot of sunlight to grow healthy tomato plants. Some areas that are better for growing tomatoes than others would be under a large piece of shade tree with some shading to allow more sunlight through the night to get through.
If you plan to keep tomato plants in a container, it is a good idea to keep the soil around the roots moist so that it is able to absorb all the moisture the roots need to survive. If the roots are allowed to dry out too much of the moisture will drain away and eventually the tomato plants will die out.
Once you have decided to grow tomato plants in your own garden or backyard, there is a learning curve to keep them healthy and growing properly. Most of them are easy to start and can be started without much trouble. But if you have never had tomatoes before, you will want to be sure to check with a local nursery to make sure that the seeds are suited to your climate before planting. A good quality tomato will take to the soil much easier than a poor quality seed.
Keep in mind that although tomato plants are easy to grow, they do require a certain amount of care. And there is more work required once they have been grown in your home than in a nursery, so it is wise to choose wisely what type of tomato plants to start.