Tomatoes have been cultivated for over four thousand years, and they are one of our first domesticated foods. The tomato has always been the most common, most delicious, sweet fruit of all the plant species Solanum melongena, otherwise known as the tomato plant. The genus originates in central and southern South America and in Central and North America.
The word tomatl came from the Nahuatl language, which gave rise to the English word, tomate. The plant is now native to Central and Southern America, Africa, and Asia, but it also has a large range in Europe and Asia. Because the tomato plant is hardy and can survive in almost any soil conditions, and because it needs little water, it is now grown widely throughout the world.
The tomato plant usually produces fruit, called tomatoes, in late summer. In warmer areas, it will produce tomatoes in early spring. If the plant is pruned, however, the fruits do not ripen properly. If the fruits ripen too soon after being picked, the pulp may turn a dark color, which means the tomato is sour.
There are many types of tomatoes, each having its own flavor. The fruit of a tomato plant usually contains one or more seeds, with the seed inside the center of the fruit. It is this seed, inside the center of the fruit that is used by humans as well as animals to make tomato paste, tomato sauce, tomato ketchup, tomato stew, tomato salad dressing, tomato juice, and tomato ketchup sauce. Many people find tomato taste quite pungent, so it’s important that the tomato plants have their seeds harvested regularly to avoid loss of the flavor.
When tomatoes are planted in garden soil they will usually grow to a height of six feet. They are very adaptable and will tolerate a wide variety of soil types, conditions, and soil conditions. Because tomatoes are a tropical plant, they need good drainage, although they will grow well in containers.
When tomatoes grow to an excessive height, they are called climbers, and if you prune your tomato plants they will not grow that high anymore. To reduce the height, you can move your tomato plants into pots on beds or on trellises. If you plant tomatoes in a garden or vegetable plot, you can grow them closer together, but keep their spacing minimal.
Tomato plants are low maintenance. You can easily harvest them once a week to harvest the fruit. Before harvesting the tomato, remove the rinds, seeds, stems, and leaves.
When pruning your garden, prune them in the summer, or before harvesting the fruit, cut back any unwanted flowers. Once the fruit has ripened, remove the seeds and cut off the pit, but leave the pulp behind.
If you want to prune your tomato plant, prune about four feet every year. This is usually enough, especially if the plant is placed close to your home, such as in the backyard.
In winter, there is less moisture in the ground, so you should prune your plant before harvesting in the spring. If your plant is too short to reach all the way to the ground, trim it back to a height of three feet, and then cut back a couple of inches to each side of the plant.
When you plant your tomato plants, place the root ball into the soil in an area that receives full sunlight and water every day. Plant the plants in rows, and prune one plant at a time, making sure the two rows are parallel and equal to the width of the plant. Pruning is also an essential part of the maintenance of your garden tomato plants.
Pruning is also vital when you are planning to transplant or relocate your tomato plant. To relocate your tomato plants, dig the new location several inches deeper into the old soil. If you move your tomato plants to a different location, dig the old location down three feet deeper. When the soil is damp, the roots will hold the soil, rather than sinking down.