Frequently Asked Tomato Gardening Questions *

Frequently Asked Tomato Gardening Questions 


  1. Is there any advantage of setting my tomato plants out early? Knowing when to plant tomatoes is important.
    First the tomato plants need a warm soil and at least 60 degrees or better for best transplant results.

  2. Will my tomato plants be Ok with 4 hours of sunlight?
    No tomato plants need at least 7 - 8 hours of sunlight when possible. This can be split sun.

  3. I want to put my tomatoes out early - not sure if last frost is over. 
    There is no advantage to putting out your tomato plants early especially if the last frost is not over with yet.

  4. How much water will my tomato plants need a week? 
    Depends if your tomato plants are mulched or not.

  5. How long does it take for determinate tomato plants to set fruit?
    It will take over a period of 2 - 4 weeks.
    True that indeterminate tomato plants will produce tomatoes till frost.

  6. Yes if you have to pull them indoors they will go right up to middle of Fall.

  7. My mother over paid for her tomato plants and they did not do well. 
    Over paying for tomato plants does not guarantee good healthy plants.
    Look for good strong stems, full shiny leaves. Compact strong instead of long and leggy and spindle.

  8. Will 2 tomato plants be enough for 4 people?
    No plant one person especially if your going to can or freeze any for later.

  9. I was given a bunch of tomato plants and the leaves all look different do  tomato plants all have same kind of leaves. There are two different kinds.

  10. My Tomatoes Plants are growing with lush leaves yet not producing any flowers.
    If your tomato plants are indeterminate then it will take longer to make fruit. However you may be over fertilizing with a high nitrogen plant food. Nitrogen will cause the plant to produce big green leaves and no  fruit. Check your  fertilizer and look for the N symbol. Do a soil test as    well. Too nitrogen will produce scrappy fruit. Nitrogen is needed when the tomato plant is young and growing. But nitrogen should be limited with mature plants close to making fruit. 

  11. What Should The N Be On My Fertilizer? 
    When the tomatoes plants are young the N number should be higher      than the P or K. But as they mature the N should be lower than the P or K. Watch that you are giving them the right fertilizer at the right time of growth.