Caring for Tomato Plants

Do you want your tomato plants to thrive this summer? Follow these tips for healthy plants that yield fruit all season.

Girl holding a basket of tomatoes and smiling

Location


Plant tomatoes in full sun, 8 hours of direct sunlight each day. The best locations have good air flow, but are protected from strong winds.


Crop Rotation


Try to avoid growing tomatoes, peppers and potatoes in the same location each year. These crops are susceptible to the same soil-borne blight and wilt diseases. Unfortunately, the average home garden usually doesn’t have enough space to keep these crops on the recommended 3 year rotation. If blight and wilt are a problem, choose resistant varieties and consider planting tomatoes in a large container, then bury the container in the ground. Use fresh potting soil in the container.  


Plant Them Deep


The knobby nodes on the stem will become roots. Pinch off the lowest leaves and bury the stem deep. If your plants are very tall and leggy, a good 6″ might be underground. That’s a good thing!


Pruning