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growing tomatoes

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  1. robervl

    robervl TS Member

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    What is the secret to growing health plants that produce?
     
  2. twostraight

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    Plant em deep, at least 3/4 of the tomato set in the ground. Don't water much, 1 to 2 X per week. Fertilize biweekly
     
  3. smsnyder

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    My tomato plant is allmost 10 feet tall with lots of tomatos. The key is lots of water.
     
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    cubancigar2000 Well-Known Member

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    I am with smsnyder on this one. I used to raise over an acre of tomatos and two acres of peppers. The peppers need to be watered only when they start to droop but the tomato needs water
     
  5. JayZap

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    My Father used to put Epsom salts around the base of the plant. I have no idea why and I never asked him. But he always kept a wooden barrel filled with a mixture of water and manure that he watered the plants with time to time. He always had a great garden.
     
  6. blkcloud

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    Dont use miriacl grow.. you will have giant plants and no tomatoes.. I had 500 plants one year.. I guess I have the right soil for them,, never watered or fertilized them.. this year I only have 2.. they will produce more than 2 faimlys can eat..
     
  7. i_shoot

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    epsom salts were for blossom rot(dark rotten spots on the bottom of tomato's due to calcium deficiency). powdered milk wokrs well also.

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  8. Mike Battista

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    If you don't have the area for a real garden, consider an Earth Box. Self contained, water reserve, cannot over water, no nematodes. Can use on apartment balcony or around the pool. We have nine of them and they are fool proof. Ace Hardware sells the kits. Go to earthbox.com
    Mike Battista
     
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    Use fish emulsion and bone meal. Best kept tomato fertilizer secret. The water is the other secret. Lots of water.
     
  10. twostraight

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    Rub the leaves with castor oil and spray the flowers with turpentine everytime you water.
     
  11. cubancigar2000

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    I forgot to mention that I use gunpowder for fertilizer
     
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    I use gunpowder on the critters that get in my garden!

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  13. avery53

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    Fish emulsion works great, just don't get any on you.
    Wife doesn't care for the smell. LOL
     
  14. porky

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    Fish emulsion works well, liquid fertilizer works also. Blossom end rot is caused by the lack of magnesium in the soil. Epsom salts has it in it. People also put a bit of milk in the hole to give the plant some calcium. Plants need about an inch of water a week. Keep area around plants free of weeds. It helps to mulch the area because the roots will run 3-4 feet away from the plant as a minimum just below th surface, so you can't hoe or run a tiller around the plants to eliminate the weeds after they start growing. Break off the bottom branches up to a foot from the ground and hill the tomato plants up the stalk about a foot and then additional roots will grow there. It will pay to stake the plants on a trellis because walking around the plants that are laying on the ground will eventually damage them because you will step on them, plus the tomatoes themselves will ripen more evenly and be a lot cleaner.
     
  15. robervl

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    Thanks for all your advise i will give it a whirl.
    Thanks Vance
     
  16. likes-to-shoot

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    I have good luck with miracle grow. More tomatoes from 2 plant than we could eat.
     
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    The Miracle Gro Tomato works as long as you follow the directions and don't get carried away. I like the fish emulsion more. There is some stink that goes with it but it ain't that bad.
     
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    I believe that end rot meaning lots of flowers and hardly any tomatoes is from extremely wet conditions which causes a calcium deficiency, not a magnesium deficiency.

    I like FERTILOME Tomato plant spray. It works if one has end rot.
     
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