Growing your own tomatoes is simple and just a couple of plants will reward you with plenty of delicious tomatoes in the summer. There are all kinds to try, from the tiniest cherry types, favourites with children, through to full-flavoured giant beefsteak ones and of course tumblers that are great in pots or hanging baskets. We grow our tomatoes on our very own nurseries at Bridport and Beaminster.
When you buy young plants pot them on when you get home into the next size pot so they have more nutrients and fresh compost and again 3 weeks later to encourage growth and keep the plant healthy
As they Grow
When they have at least one truss of flowers plant them out into a grow bag or final pot but if you are growing them outdoors harden them off first.
Tie the main stem to a bamboo cane – bush or hanging basket types don’t need support.
Remember to keep pinching out the side shoots as they get to about 1” long but not for bush and hanging basket tomatoes as they don’t need to have side shoots removed.
Watering & feeding
You need to water regularly and even more if it is very hot as lack of water can cause the fruit to crack and lack of water and calcium can cause blossom end rot where the bottom of the fruit turns black and becomes sunken
Feeding is just as important – feed at least every two weeks with a balanced liquid fertiliser changing to a high potash liquid fertiliser like Tomorite Comfrey or Liquid Seaweed once the first fruits start to set
Remove any yellowing leaves below developing fruit trusses.
Once the plants reach the top of the greenhouse or have set seven trusses indoors or four trusses outdoors, remove the growing point of the main stem at two leaves above the top truss