Grow tomatoes in pots from seed: How to grow healthy tomatoes
Growing Your Own Tomatoes
Tomatoes are one of those foods that has many benefits that we don't actually take advantage of. If you grow your own tomatoes you can have them once a week in a salad or your own Ratatouille
Did you know that drinking a glass of tomato juice a day can be beneficial to your body and also help starve of many of those health problems that are common nowadays.
There is conflicting evidence out there on the many benefits of tomatoes in their help to fight many forms of cancer. However, whether they do or don't they are still a delicious fruit that can add flavour to many dishes.
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Planting tomato seeds
1 x bag compost for vegetables
Packet of tomato seeds
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All that is required from growing zucchini is some time. Give a little bit of your time each week and you will have enough zucchini to last you the whole summer from just one pack of seeds.
You can fill up small pots with the vegetable compost or you might prefer to use seeding trays instead. If you use seedling trays put 2 seeds in each tray.
If you use small pots put 3 or 4 seeds in each of the pots. Fill each pot up about 3/4 of the way. Then put in your tomato seeds. Cover the remaining 1/4 of your pot with compost.
Later on when the seedlings start to sprout, they will be transplanted into larger pots.
Tomato plant sprouting from seedsClick thumbnail to view full-size
Items you require for growing tomatoes
Seedling Tray (optional)
Large Pots (for when tomato seedlings need to be replanted)
Liquid tomato feed
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Transplanting tomato seedlings
- By week 4-5 you should see your tomato seedlings beginning to spout and they should be big enough to transplant.
Transplanting tomato seedlings: Fill a large pot with compost, then gentle using a spoon (or something else), remove each seedling from the small pot. Put them into the larger pot which should be 3/4 full. Then put in the seedling and fill up to the top of the pot with compost.
Water the pots really well and leave them in a sunny area.
By week 7 they should be growing at a faster pace and you will see by week 8 that there will be tiny flower emerging from the plant.
You need to ensure that you start fertiliser the tomato plant once a week to ensure that it grows and produces lots of tomatoes.
What is in tomatoes
Tomatoes contain Vitamin C, Vitamin A, potassium & 7% of RDA of Iron.
Lycopene is the red pigment in tomatoes which is an antioxidant.
The tomato like the pepper and the chili belongs to the Solanaceae family.
The tomato was introduced into Europe in the 16th century.
The tomato was introduced in America in the 18th century.
The tomato can be eaten in its raw form fresh or it can be used as an added addition to flavouring dishes.
There is conflicting research on whether eating tomatoes can help reduce your chance of cardiovascular disease and cancer.
Feeding your Tomato plant
You need to use a liquid fertiliser each week to feed your tomato plants once they are transplanted.
This helps to keep the tomato plant in good condition and also increase the yield on tomatoes you will get.
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When will you see tomatoes on tomato plant
After the yellow flowers start to emerge from the tomato plants it will only be a matter of weeks (4-5) till you see actual tomatoes emerge from the plant.
When they emerge they will be green and very tiny. You will need to ensure that you water and fertilise the tomato plants regularly so that they continue to keep growing.
You will also need to prune any stray sprouts from the tomato plants to ensure that the fruit doesn't suffer. However, don't over prune them as too much pruning is just as bad as too little pruning.
Support your tomato plant with a bamboo stickClick thumbnail to view full-size
Pruning your tomato plant
When you see the flower starting to emerge from the tomato plant you need to also start pinching of any stray sprouts that are growing on the main stalk.
Your tomato plant should have one large main stalk that will have side shoots out from it.
When the tomato plant has matured and starts to produce actual tomatoes you need to ensure that the tomato fruit is getting enough of the water and nutrients not these side shoots that are producing nothing.
Support your tomato plant with bamboo sticks
If you have the tomato plants in a pot, after a while you will need to support them.
If you have a bamboo stick you can insert this into the pot and using some string tie the stick to the tomato plant stalk.
This will help keep the tomato plant upright and also ensure support for the plant as it continues to grow.
Roma Tomato Seeds
When can you eat your tomatoes
Once your tomatoes have tuned red and have ripened then you can start to pick and eat your tomatoes.
It is better for you to leave the tomatoes on the plant until you are really to eat them. This means that they are as fresh as they can be.
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Find out additional information on tomatoes if you are interested in growing them at home.
Dishes that contain tomatoesClick thumbnail to view full-size
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