Growing tomatoes is easier than you might think. Follow these easy steps and you’ll be picking delicious homegrown tomatoes in no time!
Buy the right tomato plants.
Tomato plants can be purchased at your local garden center or online. When shopping for tomato plants, look for those that are in the ground with at least 12 inches of stem growth. Tomato plants should also have many leaves, as well as a healthy stem and root system (you don’t want one that’s wilted). The best tomato varieties should have red blossoms on them—these will grow into fruit-bearing tomatoes later on!
Grow tomatoes in a warm, sunny spot.
You’ll need to grow your tomatoes in a sunny spot. You can grow them indoors, but it’s not recommended because they will require a lot of sun and tomatoes grown indoors don’t taste as good as those grown outdoors.
To give your tomatoes the most sunlight possible and get the best crop of fruit, you should plant them in a warm, sunny spot that gets at least six hours of direct sunlight each day. If you live in an area with hot summers like California or Florida then this requirement will be easy for you to meet; other places may have less summertime heat and it might be harder to find enough hours of hot sun each day for your plants. However if you have access to at least 10 hours per day (and ideally 12-14) then you should be able to grow amazing produce!
Lay down a weed-proof fabric.
Lay down a weed-proof fabric. Weed fabric is used to prevent weeds from growing. You can lay it down as the first step in your gardening project, or you can add it later if your plants start to show signs of being overwhelmed by weeds. This will help keep them out, and ensure that they don’t spread into your garden bed and compete with your tomatoes for nutrients.
Make sure your tomatoes are staked.
Once your tomato seedlings have grown to be about 15-25 cm (6-10 inches), it’s time to stake them. Staking is extremely important if you want to grow tomatoes that are nice and straight with no strange branches and minimal damage from wind gusts.
If left unstaked, tomato plants will grow all over the place, producing lots of fruit but also a lot of misshapen fruit as well. It’s best to use either a stake or trellis for staking your tomatoes so that they can reach their full height without needing any other support. You’ll also want to make sure that your stakes are tall enough—about 1.5 meters high should do it—and spaced apart by at least 1 meter (3 feet).
Use coffee grounds to help your tomatoes grow.
- Coffee grounds are acidic, which means that they help to keep pests away.
- Coffee grounds are also a natural fertilizer. The nutrients in coffee make it easy for plants to grow and thrive, so adding some grounds to your soil is like giving your tomatoes a boost!
- Having an abundance of compost and/or composted manure on hand will help keep the moisture content of your soil at just the right level throughout the season. The coffee can also act as an additional source of nitrogen that provides nutrition for future growths—and it’s especially good if you’re growing tomatoes vertically (i.e., in containers).
- Using coffee grounds can help control pH levels in your soil by creating acidity where there may not be enough already present naturally; this will discourage fungi from taking over while still allowing plants access to nutrients through absorption by roots into leaves during photosynthesis processes.”
Make sure your tomato plants get enough water.
Tomatoes are thirsty plants, so you’ll need to water them regularly. First, check the soil with your finger—if it’s dry down to about two inches (5 cm), then it’s time for a drink. Watering can work best because it lets you get the water where your tomato plant needs it most: at its roots. Once you’ve got some water in there, keep an eye on things and don’t overdo it—it’s easy to overwater tomatoes!
Don’t water the leaves of your tomato plants.
Water the soil, not the leaves. If you water your tomato plant’s leaves, it will get diseases and sunburn.
Remember: don’t water the leaves of your tomato plants!
Growing tomatoes at home
Growing tomatoes at home is a rewarding hobby that’s easy to get into and hard to stop. The ability to grow your own fruit, vegetables and flowers is empowering—especially if you live in an apartment or condo. Growing your own produce means you can enjoy fresh, organic food for less money than it costs in a grocery store. It also means you know exactly what went into the soil, which makes the plants more nutritious than their store-bought counterparts.
Growing tomatoes requires a few simple tools and supplies (listed below). Once you’ve got everything together, this guide will show you how to plant tomato seeds indoors as well as outside in soil or pots; how often they need watering; what kind of fertilizer works best; how much sun they need; when to harvest them for maximum flavor and ripeness… even how long before eating them!
If you’ve made it this far, congratulations! You now know all about how to grow tomatoes at home. We hope that this guide has helped you get started on your journey of growing delicious tomatoes for yourself and your family. If you have any questions or concerns about anything else related to gardening in general, check out our other blogs for more information.