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NORTHERN OUTLOOK, SEPTEMBER 7, 2013
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The lowdown on growing tomatoes
SEEING RED: One of the most important items on the agenda for most gardeners is the humble tomato.
At long last, spring has arrived, and
with that, it's time to really get stuck
into the garden.
One of the most important items
on the agenda for most gardeners is
the humble tomato -- when is the
best time for planting, what variety
should I plant and how do I actually
go about the process of successfully
growing the beastie?
When is the best time to plant
-- timers, it's all about beating their
mates down the road. They will be
the first in to buy their plants,
coddle them with TLC and set about
protecting them from the elements.
However, for the rest of us, mid to
late spring is the best time, but if
you want to get a head start, here
are a few tips to success.
Buy your seedlings now and pot
each plant into a planter bag (pb 5)
or a 2 litre pot, using a good tomato
potting mix. During the day, leave
them outside on a warm, sheltered
terrace, but take them inside at
night in case of frosts. By the end of
September or early October, they
will have grown considerably,
making it safe to plant them out in
the garden, resulting in an excellent
What variety do I choose?
We are totally spoilt for choice,
with superb product supplied by our
South Island growers.
They come in all shapes, tastes
and sizes, but it is important to
know whether the variety you
choose is a dwarf bush or a vine
type that needs to be staked,
whether it is a seedling or a grafted
variety, whether you want a cocktail,
table dessert, large fleshy type, acid-
free, or a heritage variety. Here are a
few of the more popular varieties:
Cocktail varieties: Sweet 100,
Sweet 100 Supreme (anti-cracking
characteristics), Sun-gold, Red and
Salad varieties: Money Maker,
Potentate, Early Money, Taupo,
Large flesh varieties: Beefsteak,
Big Beef, Russian Red, Antarctica,
Acid-free varieties: Roma, Dr
Heritage varieties: Black Krim,
Brandywine Pink, Mortgage Lifter,
Preparation of the soil is most
important, and consideration should
be given to a base dressing of a
good tomato fertiliser prior to
planting, and incorporating
compost and well-matured animal
manure. Consider using Norlake
Sheep Pellets as an excellent
Planting: Tomatoes like a warm,
sunny, sheltered position, or if you
are into glasshouses or tunnel
houses, consider investing in a
Winter Gardenz Full Bloom
Greenhouse. All vine-type tomatoes
must be staked up to at least 2m
high, whereas dwarf bush types are
best with a thick layer of pea straw
to keep the fruit off the soil.
Always select healthy seedlings
that are a rich green in colour with
strong stems. Space about 40cm to
Plant the seedlings quite deeply,
as extra roots will grow from the
buried stem, strengthening the
plant. Water the seedlings before
planting and after planting.
Avoid planting out in hot weather.
Stake the plant at planting time to
avoid damaging the roots later.
Care: Water daily according to the
weather, as tomatoes like moist well
They are gross feeders, so regular
side dressings should be made every
two weeks, with liquid feeding done
weekly while the plants are growing
and setting fruit, but then reducing
to fortnightly feeding when the fruit
has formed. Mulching with compost
conserves moisture, prevents weed
growth, and prevents soil and soil-
borne diseases from splashing up on
When plants are 1m high, start
removing the bottom leaves, as
these are the first to develop
Only thin the leaves lightly to
allow sun to reach the ripening fruit.
On seedling plants, remove the
laterals as the plants grow, but on
grafted plants the rootstock is there
to support several extra laterals as
Irregular watering leads to
blossom end rot and cracking, so
make sure you are consistent.
Once the fruit begin to ripen,
lessening the water will encourage
the plant to concentrate its sugars.
However, avoid letting the plants
wilt. Controlling insect pests and
diseases should not be a problem if
the plants are healthy and growing
well, but if problems appear, use
Champ Dp copper spray for fungus
diseases and Confidor insecticide to
control insect pests.
Tomatoes really do respond to
tender loving care and will reward
you greatly if good cultivation and
care are adhered to. Enjoy.
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