Loves gardening and growing her own vegetables. Has seen some successes but some failures too.
Growing Your Own Tomatoes
Tomatoes are one of those foods that are so versatile. They have many benefits s wel as being tasty. If you grow your own tomatoes you can have them once a week in a salad or your own Ratatouille.
Did you know that drinking a glass of tomato juice a day can be beneficial to your body and also help starve of many of those health problems that are so common among many of us nowadays.
There is conflicting evidence out there on the many benefits of tomatoes in their help to fight many forms of cancer. However, whether they do or don't they are still a delicious fruit that can add flavour to many dishes.
Items You Need for Growing Tomatoes at Home
- 1 x bag compost for vegetables
- Packet of tomato seeds
Step 1. Planting Tomato Seeds
- You need to fill your seedling tray up about 3/4 of the way with your compost and fertilizer. If you don't have seedling trays you can use a cardboard egg carton.
- The next step is to make a hole in the centre using your index finger. Put the two seeds in the tray and cover it will some more compost
- If you decide to use small pots instead of seedling trays then you need to put three to four seeds in each of the pots.
- After about 3 weeks the seedling should start to sprout and once they are strong enough to transplant you can move them to larger pots.
Step 2 - 3: Tomato Seedlings Sprouting and Then Transplanted
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Items for Growing Tomatoes
Seedling Tray (optional)
Large Pots (for when tomato seedlings need to be replanted)
Liquid tomato feed
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Step 3 Transplanting Tomato Seedlings
- Fill up the pot you are transferring the seedlings into and fill it up three quarters of the way with compost and fertilizer. Then very gentle using a spoon remove each seedling from the seedling tray.
- Next place them into the larger pot of compost.
- Put one seedling into each pot and fill up the last quarter of the pot will compost. But be careful when filling in the pot with compost around the seedlings. You don't want to damage them.
After 8 weeks a tiny yellow flower will emerge from the branches. After this the tomatoes will emerge.
Step 4 - 5: Seedings Are Now Getting Bigger and Stronger and Yellow Flowers Are Emerging
- The tomato like the pepper and the chili belongs to the Solanaceae family.
- The tomato was introduced into Europe in the 16th century.
- The tomato was introduced in America in the 18th century.
- The tomato can be eaten in its raw form fresh or it can be used as an added addition to flavouring dishes.
- There is conflicting research on whether eating tomatoes can help reduce your chance of cardiovascular disease and cancer.
Tomatoes contain Vitamin C, Vitamin A, potassium & 7% of RDA of Iron. Lycopene is the red pigment in tomatoes which is an antioxidant
Feeding your Tomato Plant
You need to feed your tomato plant with a fertilizer each week once they are transplanted.
This will help with the growth of the plant and the yield of tomatoes that you can expect.
After 4-5 weeks you should start seeing your tomato seedlings spouting and they should be big enough to transplant.
By week 7 they should be growing at a fast pace.
At week 8 there should be tiny flower emerging from the plant which is a good indication you'll soon see tomatoes.
You need to ensure that you give an organic fertilizer to the tomato plant once a week to ensure that it successfully grows.
Step 6: Mini Green Tomatoes Emerging From the Tomato Plant
When Can I Eat my Tomatoes
After the yellow flowers start to emerge from the tomato plants it will only be a matter of 4 to 5 weeks till you should see tomatoes emerging from the plant.
When they emerge they will be very tiny and green in colour. You will need to ensure that you water and fertilize the tomato plants regularly so that they continue to keep growing.
You will also need to prune any stray sprouts from the tomato plants to ensure that the fruit doesn't suffer.
However, don't over prune them as too much pruning is just as bad as too little pruning.
Use Bamboo Sticks For Support
Pruning Your Tomato Plant
When you see flowers emerging from the tomato plant you need to start pinching of any stray sprouts that are growing on the main stalk.
Your tomato plant should have one large main stalk that will have side shoots growing out from it.
When the tomato plant has matured and starts to produce actual tomatoes you need to ensure that the tomato fruit is getting enough of the water and nutrients, not these side shoots that are producing nothing.
Support Tomato Plant Stalk
If you have the tomato plants in a pot, after a while when they get bigger you will need to support them.
If you have bamboo sticks you can insert them into the pots and using some string ties, secure the main stalk of the tomato plant to the been bamboo stick.
This will ensure that the tomato plant will stay upright and it will also ensure sufficient support for the plant as it continues to grow.
Roma Tomato Seeds
Eatting Your Tomatoes
Once your tomatoes have ripened and tuned red, then you can start to pick them.
It is better for you to leave the tomatoes on the plant until you are really to eat them. This means that they are super fresh.
- RTÉ Radio One, Mooney Goes Wild
Find out additional information on tomatoes if you are interested in growing them at home.
© 2014 Sp Greaney
Sp Greaney (author) from Ireland on May 12, 2020:
Yes, Audrey, I agree. So rewarding to see how hard work pays off.
Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on May 12, 2020:
I just finished planting vegetables and tomatoes. It's an exciting hobby to watch little seeds grow into beautiful veggies. Thanks for the reminder to fertilize.
Sp Greaney (author) from Ireland on March 26, 2018:
@Linda Bryen, thank you. Me too. Such a versatile product you can add to recipes.
Linda Bryen from United Kingdom on March 25, 2018:
I love growing my own tomatoes and eating them as well. Tomato is one of my favourite vegetables. What a great hub, well done. I voted too.
Sp Greaney (author) from Ireland on November 04, 2014:
Hi helpfulhack, thanks for your comment. I'm sure you will be super successful with it too. :)
helpfulhack on October 29, 2014:
This is great. I love tomatoes. Gonna try this. Thanks :)
Sp Greaney (author) from Ireland on August 02, 2014:
Hi waystoexcel, thanks. I totally agree with you there. As long as they successfully grow, it does not matter where you grow them. Nothing taste as good as what you yourself grow.
Upendra from New Delhi on July 31, 2014:
Good one Sangre. I too have tried this at my home specially in the balcony or roof in a not so organised manner as you have desrcibed, but yes I must say it's a really good feeling to see your plant bear tomatoes after some time !!
Sp Greaney (author) from Ireland on July 22, 2014:
Hi Katelyn Weel, I purchased a packet of tomato seeds from a gardening centre.
But who knows, most seeds do re grow. I would be interested to know that myself. :) It would be interesting to find out if they do regrow like other vegetable and fruit seeds.
Katelyn Weel from Ontario, Canada on July 21, 2014:
Great hub! Do you know if/how you can sprout tomatoes from the seeds found inside store bought tomatoes?
Sp Greaney (author) from Ireland on July 13, 2014:
Hi hubsy, thanks for you comment. Hope next time you have a great harvest.
Hi AliciaC, I always purchased them myself, but this year I decided to be adventurous and try to grow them. It's nice when your hard work pays off. :)
Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on July 12, 2014:
Thanks for the useful instructions and photos. I eat tomatoes often, but I haven't grown my own for a long time. I need to try again, because as you say the freshest tomato is the one that has just been picked!
hubsy on July 12, 2014:
Thank you so much, I've been trying to grow tomatoes for many years, and they never turn out that well. This really helps me! What a useful hub!