Tomato (Regular) Growing Guide
Crop Rotation Group
Solanaceae (Potato and tomato family) ●
Rich soil with plenty of added compost.
Weekly liquid feed from spring onwards.
Single Plants: 50cm (1' 7") each way (minimum)
Rows: 45cm (1' 5") with 60cm (1' 11") row gap (minimum)
Sow and Plant
Sow in pots under cover in winter to early spring and plant out when the risk of frost has passed.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalised calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.
Tie upright types to stakes with string to support the weight of the fruit. Remove side shoots which grow in the angle between the leaf stems and the main stem of the plant.
Pick regularly as soon as the fruits are ripe. This encourages production of more tomatoes.
Blossom end rot patches on the bottom of fruits are a nutritional disorder best prevented by growing tomatoes in well-prepared soil with constant light moisture and the addition of a small amount of garden lime prior to planting out. Yellow leaves indicate lack of magnesium, so apply liquid feed. In Australia fruit fly are a pest of tomatoes, make sure to take appropriate control measures in areas where they are present. It is important to dispose of any infected fruit and fruit has fallen to the ground by placing them in a sealed plastic bag in the sun for at least 7 days to kill the eggs and larvae. Do not compost fruit as this will lead to the fruit fly completing their life cycle and lead to the problem recurring.
Planting and Harvesting Calendar
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