Training Your Tomato
By Dave Van Raay
Your Best Tomatoes
By Dwight Sipler from Stow, MA, USA (Tomato SupportUploaded by Jacopo Werther) [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Tomato Training Bootcamp
Getting Started: Tying Your Tomato
Untrained indeterminate tomatoes will inevitably end up as a tangled, green, frustrating pile in your garden. Not only will they fall short of the bountiful harvests you imagined, but they will be fungus-prone and difficult to manage. Training your vine properly is easy if you start at the beginning, and will reward you with faster growing and richer harvests. You can have incredible results, with a properly tied and pruned plant giving you ripe fruit a whole 2-3 weeks early, compared to an untrained plant.
In a Fungus Funk?
A Leggy Start?
• Boost their soil with compost and a 10-10-10 fertilizer to feed your plant as it tries to fill out in your garden.
• Dig a hole to plant your tomato that is deep enough for the roots and the lower portion of the main stem. Make sure you remember to trim all of the lower leaves that will be buried. Fill in the hole around your plant and gently firm up the soil. Water your plant deeply.
• Consider covering your soil with about 2” of mulch – this will help to manage weeds, as well as keeping soil temperature and moisture levels more consistent.
• Try to keep up a regular watering schedule. While a mature plant can tolerate some dry spells, your young tomato plant will need to avoid temperature, light, and moisture stress during its first few weeks in the garden to help it recover and fill out better.
Indeterminate tomatoes are some of the most rewarding plants you can bring into your garden. They only take a little maintenance to set them up for success, and the trade off in ridiculous amounts of delicious fruits is worth every bit of effort. These fruit-making machines are perfect for new gardeners who want to try something new, experienced gardeners who want the best their backyard can offer, and anyone in between. With easy steps to follow, your best tomatoes are only a few months away!