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Growing Tomatoes and Aftercare

Updated on October 2, 2015
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Linda's passion for gardening have encouraged her to write about growing different types of vegetables and flowers.

Photos of Growing Tomatoes

Cherry Tomatoes in greenhouse
Cherry Tomatoes in greenhouse | Source
Tiger Tomatoes in pots
Tiger Tomatoes in pots | Source
Tiger Tomatoes
Tiger Tomatoes | Source
Cherry Tomatoes
Cherry Tomatoes | Source
Ripening Cherry Tomatoes
Ripening Cherry Tomatoes | Source
Tomatoes and potted Runner Beans
Tomatoes and potted Runner Beans | Source
Ripening cherry Tomatoes in Pots
Ripening cherry Tomatoes in Pots | Source
Potted Tomatoes
Potted Tomatoes | Source
Tomatoes in pots
Tomatoes in pots | Source
Tomatoes in pots or container
Tomatoes in pots or container | Source
Tomatoes planted in Pots
Tomatoes planted in Pots | Source
Tomatoes in greenhouse
Tomatoes in greenhouse | Source
Tomatoes planted in greenhouse
Tomatoes planted in greenhouse | Source
Tomatoes in a pot or container
Tomatoes in a pot or container | Source
Tomatoes planted directly into the plots
Tomatoes planted directly into the plots | Source
Just put the tomatoes in separate pots
Just put the tomatoes in separate pots | Source
Tomatoes, Butternut squash and cucumber seeds
Tomatoes, Butternut squash and cucumber seeds | Source

How to Grow Tomatoes

Tomatoes are like potatoes, they are easy to grow and look after. I love growing this vegetable because it is healthy to eat, it is packed with good nutrients and I use it everyday in my cooking or salad. Tomato is not fussy where you grow them, but they grow well in sunny areas of the garden. If you haven't got enough space in your garden, you can grow them in a container, in a grow bag, in a pot, directly into the soil or in your greenhouse. Last year or the year before, the tomatoes that I planted in the greenhouse did very well and survived while the ones I planted on my plots outside got blight. Mind you we had so much rain last year that didn't help. This year, my tomatoes are doing well outside the greenhouse and even the ones in the greenhouse too. Hopefully, I will have a great harvest soon.

Steps of Growing Tomatoes

There are two ways you can do. Plant tomatoes straight into the soil or grow tomatoes into a seed tray first, then grow tomatoes wherever you want later when the tomatoes are about two to three inches tall. I want variety this year so I planted some cherry tomatoes, plum tomatoes, yellow tomatoes, tiger tomatoes and purple tomatoes. The taste of all this tomatoes are all delicious. I have grown the same kind last year as well and so enjoyed them, so I make a point of growing them every year from now.

Growing Tomatoes Into The Soil or Ground

  1. Prepare your plots by digging and flattening the top of your plots.
  2. Make parallel holes(a foot apart from each hole) and put some compost and slow release fertilisers like Grow More or Chicken Pellets and mix them all up.
  3. Now put at least four or five tomato seeds in the hole but spread them out(thin them out later when they all grow}.
  4. Cover them lightly with the soil from the sides of the hole and firm them in.
  5. Water them after and everyday after planting(twice daily when weather is really hot).

Growing Tomatoes in Containers, Pots or Grow Bags or in your Plots.

  1. First of all, grow the seeds in a seed tray with good compost.
  2. When seeds are two or three inches tall, transplant them to the container of your choice.
  3. Put compost and slow release fertiliser like Grow More or Chicken Pellets in your containers or holes in your plots and mix them all up.
  4. Water them after and keep watering them everyday, twice daily if the weather is really hot.



After care of Tomatoes

After you have planted your tomatoes, all you can do is watch them grow and water them everyday but not to overwater as they will rot. Feed them with liquid fertiliser after a couple of weeks of planting and every other week after. I use Grow More liquid fertiliser or any tomato fertiliser. When side shoots appear in between the leaves and stem, take them out as it will help the fruits get bigger and also cut the top of the tomato plant when it is so tall. As the tomatoes can grow tall, it is better to support them with sticks or strings to keep them upright. Tie the tomato plant on the stick so that it will stay upright and the fruits won't weigh the tomato plant down. If you grow them in your greenhouse, it is possible to tie them on the roof of your greenhouse. I did it with my tomatoes in the greenhouse as they grew so tall. When watering, try to water from the base of the tomato plant instead of watering the leaves especially when they got fruits. I remove also the older leaves at the base of the plant to keep it tidy.

Tips on Where to get Tomato Seeds

I have learnt that two or three of my colleagues are also gardening enthusiasts like me. So what we do is, every year we exchange plants or give seed plants to each other. What I do is if there is a new kind or new coloured tomato that I see in the supermarket I will buy that and keep some seeds for planting. I love the cherry, tiger and plum tomatoes for salads. They got nice and sweet taste.

You can buy tomato seeds or tomato plants in garden centers but I find that they are so pricy whereas if I grow it myself it is cheap or sometimes free. I keep Tomato seeds every year for planting the next year.

I wrote this hub based on my personal experience as a gardener. I have learnt a lot from my Aunt and my own father about growing vegetables.

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      Linda Bryen 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi! thank you peachpurple once again for your comment, spinach is easy to grow and so is tomato. Tomato growing is so easy.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i have tried growing spinach, not tomatoes yet, great hub

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      Linda Bryen 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you askformore lm, for your kind comment. I just love growing tomatoes

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      askformore lm 2 years ago

      Thanks for a fine hub. Thumbs up!

      Growing tomatoes is almost always a success, so it is a great venture for children. They will love to eat their own produce.

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      Linda Bryen 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi! Maureen, doesn't time fly. Here in the South of England it started raining again so all the tomatoes that were about to ripen had all gone brown. Mind you, I left it a bit late this year planting tomatoes but I had good crops of climbing beans this year and of course my favourite veg Pak Choi and lettuce. Thank you for your comment once again.

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      Linda Bryen 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi! Maureen, I am glad that this hub help you in some way. For us here in the South of England, it is time to pack up gardening except for some winter plants. Thanks for your comment again.

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      travmaj 2 years ago from australia

      Goodness Linda - it's that time of the year again. Time to plant some veges and this weekend will buy some tomato plants. So I will be constantly referring to this excellent piece. Thanks again...

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      Linda Bryen 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you suzzycue for your kind comment. I just

      Love tomatoes. I plant tomatoes every year because I just can't get enough of them. I love the purple tomatoes.

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      Susan Britton 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Great photos of your tomatoes. I like to grow grape tomatoes. I just plant the whole tomato and get lots of plants. I also plant roma and heritage tomatoes because I love all the different colors and they taste great. I am a tomato lover good Hub.

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      Linda Bryen 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you, Thelma for reading my hub, I hope it helps you. Hi! Thelma, are you and your families okay after the strong typhoon? I hope so.

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      Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

      I have just planted tomatoes in my garden and this time I know what to do. Last year, I planted tomatoes but I was not successful due to lack of knowledge on my part. Thanks for sharing your hub Kababayan. Have a lovely day!

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      Linda Bryen 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you TurtleDog for reading my hub about growing tomatoes. I hope that my hub is of help to you. Good luck.

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      TurtleDog 3 years ago

      Thanks for the tips. I tried growing on my balcony and it was a disaster but I think this will inspire me to try again. Thanks

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      Linda Bryen 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello! travmaj, thank you for visiting my hubs again and for your kind comments. Hope you have success in planting your tomatoes.

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      travmaj 4 years ago from australia

      Hi liesl - this is just in time for me - we are growing our produce this year and it's almost tomato time - so fingers crossed. Haven't chosen them yet but I will refer to your hub. Thank you and good to know you've had a good summer - cheers...

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      Linda Bryen 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Me too Sean, I just love growing anything really. Thank you for your kind comment and for reading my hub.

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      Sean Evans 4 years ago from GTA

      Nice article. I love growing Tomatoes. I usually stick to beefsteak and these little cherry tomatoes ones called something 100's I think.