By Amelia Tucker
1. Start early OR buy plants.
Use seeds if you are set up to grow them with proper space, lighting and will be able to keep them moist. If you are not able to devote the time then buy plants. Let the greenhouse do all the early work.
2. Plant deeply.
It can not be said often enough that the root system is where a tomato gets its growing power. Plant your seedling as deep as the top two leaves, and you will have the best root system to support the most fruit. Don’t worry, the plant will not be set back by this.
3. Keep the ground moist using mulch.
After you have planted deeply, moisture is the next most important thing to get right. If a plant dries out enough to wilt just once, it will not bear the fruit it is capable of no matter how well it seems to recover. Water deeply and immediately mulch with at least 4 inches of your chosen material. Straw makes a great mulch, especially if it is partially composted.
4. Keep the plant dry.
Fungus can be transferred to the plant that will cause it to wilt and die. It is a good practice to keep the extra leaves pruned to allow air circulation to prevent this.
5. Prune unmercifully.
You have to remove all the leaves except the top ones that provide the plant with nutrients. This means carefully looking at the plant and nipping off all of the stems and extra leaves. You end up with a main stem and any branches bearing fruit.
Whether you use a premixed, or make your own fertilizer, it is important to follow the directions and keep the soil nutrient rich throughout the growing season.
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