Top 10 Tomato-Growing Myths

| 6/10/2014 10:28:00 AM

Tags: tomatoes, summer gardening, Midwest, Ohio, Melodie Metje,


Tomatoes are by far the most popular vegetable to grow in the United States. There is nothing like a tomato ripe from the vine! Many people started gardening by way of the tomato. They were the very first vegetable we grew. Many gardeners have the techniques they swear by to get the biggest and best tomatoes. Here are some tales that are not necessarily true.

Tomato Growing Myths (and Some Truths)

Tomatoes love as much sun as possible! This depends on where you live. In very hot climates, 6-8 hours is plenty. Your tomatoes can actually scald in intense sun and heat. For hot climates, plant your tomatoes in a north to south row so each side gets some shade each day.

You should prune your tomatoes for the best harvests. This again depends on your climate. If you live in a hot climate with intense sun and heat, you want to keep the leaves to help protect the tomatoes from sun scald. If you live in a damp area, you want to prune the tomato plant to allow good air circulation and sunlight.

Tomatoes love fertilizer! Actually, you only want to fertilize when you plant and again when the plant flowers. Too much nitrogen encourages leaf growth. Some that really sock the fertilizer to the plant end up with a giant green plant with no tomatoes. To help with flowering, fruiting and blossom end rot, be sure to get a fertilizer with plenty of phosphorous and calcium.

Tomatoes can’t be grown in pots. Tomatoes can be grown in pots, but not the big tomato plants or you have to grow them in a huge container like a whiskey barrel. Look for dwarf, pot, or patio types. You will need to put in a large pot and be prepared to water often.

5/27/2016 11:02:39 AM

It is true any tomato can be used for paste or sauce but the more paste type tomatoes you have the less effort to cook down the juice into paste or sauce.

6/16/2014 7:49:56 PM

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6/15/2014 6:35:25 PM

This is one of the most inclusive articles on tomato gardening information I've ever read. Really appreciate things written like this. I'm sharing it with my friends. Thank you.

6/15/2014 10:03:05 AM

Thanks for the info!

6/13/2014 8:12:15 AM

Actually, in regards to the tomato stem forming roots from the hairs, it doesn't happen that way. The stem forms adventitious roots from small white bumps that often appear at the base of the plant. It is correct that these bumps can form anywhere along the stem and when buried, can form roots. They just don't form from stem hairs.

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