They are undoubtedly one of the easiest horticultural plants to reproduce and maintain , as they grow very fast and, furthermore, with a single plant you can have an acceptable harvest for your family.
Do not miss the opportunity to discover how to take care of tomatoes : irrigation, fertilization,… and of course what measures to take to repel the pests that can cause so much damage. Grab paper and pen, and let’s get started.
stakes for tomato plants
Tomato plants are plants that have to be in a location where they receive as much sunlight as possible. In the garden they should be planted in open ground, and if you want to have them in a pot, they will have to be large (about 50cm in diameter), and away from shady areas. In both cases, one of the things we have to do is put tutors on them -like the ones you see in the image- so that they can grow correctly, since otherwise their fruit production would be less than desired.
During spring and summer there are many pests that affect plants. Our tomato plants can be affected mainly by aphids and spider mites , but we can repel them by treating them with potassium soap or spraying them with Neem oil. Other very interesting alternatives are:
- Water: spray them from time to time to remove any traces of spider mites
- Mixture of warm water, a few drops of methylated spirits and soap: effective against aphids and mealybugs
- Chop garlic and onion: against aphids and mealybugs. You can put them in a spray bottle with water, or spread the pieces around the plant.
- Eggshell: in addition to being an excellent fertilizer, if they are boiled and left to rest for a few days, they will help you fight mealybugs, aphids, thrips, whiteflies and red spiders.
There is nothing like ensuring proper growth with natural fertilizers. Among them we have earthworm humus or guano , which should be applied throughout the season.
Irrigation is very important, because it will depend on it that our plants maintain an optimal state of health. We will have to water between 4 and 6 times a week , especially if the weather is very dry and hot. But we must avoid waterlogging, since otherwise the tomato plants would have excess moisture. If you are going to have them in a pot, you can choose to put a layer of volcanic clay inside; this way the drainage of the water will be faster and the roots will not be in permanent contact with the water.
Have a good harvest! 🙂