I love the fabulous flavors you can get from heirloom tomatoes! They’re definitely in a whole other league from the tomatoes you can purchase at the supermarket! Have you ever wanted to grow the gorgeous heirloom tomatoes you see at local farmers markets? Growing heirloom tomatoes takes a little work and tender loving care, but it isn’t impossible. Take a peek below at 5 tips for growing heirloom tomatoes to get started. In no time, you can be growing heirloom tomatoes that are healthy, colorful, and tasty.
1. Create trellis support.
It is very important that you keep the leaves and foliage of your plants dry. This will help them stay disease free. To see that this happens, you want to have sturdy and strong trellises to offer support. Use rope, string, or wire to help trellis your plants and keep them high and dry.
2. Prune often.
Heirloom tomatoes grow quickly, and so they will need to be pruned. Pruning helps improve the air circulation and also helps your plants grow larger tomatoes. There are various ways to prune tomato plants, but if you need a visual look on youtube.com for instructional videos.
3. Use appropriate spacing.
Help avoid disease by avoiding crowding. Make sure there is a good one foot space between each plant. This will also allow plenty of air to get through which will help you grow healthier and more productive plants.
4. Be generous with mulch.
As mentioned before, you need to keep the leaves and foliage of heirloom tomato plants as dry as possible. Keeping the ground around the tomato plants mulched will keep rain and watering from splashing back up onto the plant. It will also keep the roots well protected.
5. Inspect daily.
Because heirloom tomato plants grow quickly and need regular pruning, it is a good idea to inspect them daily. You want to be hands on with these plants and keep an eye out for any portions of the plant that need to be removed. You also want to remove fruit as soon as it is ready. Inspect your plants daily, and do it thoroughly, to keep them performing well.
Heirloom tomatoes take a little work and care, but you can do it! Give these tips a try and grow beautiful heirloom tomatoes that you can enjoy all summer long.