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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
Fill small seedling trays up about 3/4 of the way with a mixture of compost and fertilizer.
If you use seedling trays put 2 seeds in each tray. If you decide to use small pots, them put 3 or 4 seeds in each of the pots.
Cover the remaining 1/4 of the pot with compost.
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
Fill a large pot up three quarters of the way with compost and fertilizer. Then using a spoon, remove each seedling from the seedling tray.
Place them into the larger pot which should be about three quarters of the way full with soil.
Then place the seedling in here and fill up to the rest of the pot with compost.
After 4-5 weeks you should start seeing your tomato seedlings spouting and they should be big enough to transplant.
By week 7 they should be growing at a fast pace.
At week 8 there should be tiny flower emerging from the plant which is a good indication you'll soon see tomatoes.
You need to ensure that you give an organic fertilizer to the tomato plant once a week to ensure that it successfully grows.
After 2 months, you should see a yellow flower emerge from the tomato plant.
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 feed your tomato plant with a fertilizer each week once they are transplanted.
This will help with the growth of the plant and the yield of tomatoes that you can expect.
Tomatoes contain Vitamin C, Vitamin A, potassium & 7% of RDA of Iron. Lycopene is the red pigment in tomatoes which is an antioxidant
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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 4 to 5 weeks till you should see tomatoes emerging from the plant.
When they emerge they will be very tiny and green in colour. You will need to ensure that you water and fertilize 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 flowers emerging from the tomato plant you need to 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 growing 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 when they get bigger you will need to support them.
If you have bamboo sticks you can insert them into the pots and using some string ties, secure the main stalk of the tomato plant to the been bamboo stick.
This will ensure that the tomato plant will stay upright and it will also ensure sufficient support for the plant as it continues to grow.
Roma Tomato Seeds
When can you eat your tomatoes
Once your tomatoes have ripened and tuned red, then you can start to pick them.
It is better for you to leave the tomatoes on the plant until you are really to eat them. This means that they are super fresh.
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