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Plant Profile: Favorita Cherry Tomatoes

Favorita Tomatoes

Photo credit: De Ruiter

At Growers Supply, we love growing. Our greenhouses and grow rooms are jam packed with dozens of varieties of vegetables and herbs all grown with hydroponic or aquaponic techniques. I mean, if you think about it, it would be kind of weird if we didn’t love growing. We geek out over the tiniest details and are passionate about the success of all growers, large and small. Read more

Tomato Diseases Part 3: Insects

Tomato PestsAs we wind down our look into tomato disease, it would be difficult to overlook the damage that is caused by pests in the tomato industry. Pests will inflict physical damage and also spread many of the diseases we’ve previously discussed. They can leave operations of all sizes decimated, so it is crucial to know how to handle them. Controlling pests can be difficult, but it’s certainly necessary, so we’ll discuss some of the more common pests and how their presence and activity can be curbed. Read more

Tomato Diseases Part 2: Wilt & Rot

Tomato Plant with WiltLast time we looked into some of the most harmful tomato diseases, like early and late blight, and hopefully you have been able to keep your tomato plants – and garden as a whole – disease free since. Today we’ll build off of last week and discuss a couple of wilting diseases, a disease that creates harmful spotting on the leaves and one that can cause deep, unsightly lesions, and all of these are caused by fungi. Let’s jump right in. Read more

Tomato Disease Part 1: Crop Destruction

healthy tomato growthStanding among a growing tomato field or greenhouse is a lovely sight. The deep red fruit ascending the supports or trellised the ceiling of a greenhouse shows us the beauty, functionality and sustainability that can occur when man works alongside nature. Of course, tomatoes also offer growers a great way to make money, and for these reasons tomatoes are one of the most commonly grown crops in America. Second to only the Chinese in production, Americans spend countless hours every growing season producing fresh tomatoes for households everywhere or processing purposes. Read more

Ultimate Guide to Growing Tomatoes – Part 4: Beyond Basic Tomatoes

We’ve been talking tomatoes for 3 weeks now and I’ve probably said “tomato” over, what, three dozen times? All these times I’ve said “tomatoes,” you’ve probably imagined something like this:
Perfect standard tomatoes
Aren’t they beautiful? Of course they are! They’re perfect standard tomatoes. But this is the Ultimate Guide to growing tomatoes, not the standard guide. Let’s go beyond standard to ultimate. I’m talking heirlooms and organics. This is what I’m talking about:Pile of heirloom tomatoes

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Ultimate Guide to Growing Tomatoes – Part 3: Tomato Plant Troubleshooting

Most tomato problems stem from poor tomato care. As we covered in part 2, if you follow a proper watering schedule, provide enough light, and give your plants the proper nutrients, you can avoid things like splitting or cracking, yellowing leaves and blossom end rot. Outside of proper plant care, there are certain steps you can take to prevent disease and pests in your tomato plants.

Common Tomato Pests

Pestrap™ Insect TrapsThe most important part of pest prevention is diligence. Watch for pests daily. Spot them before they become a problem. Look under the leaves and inside buds. Use a magnifying glass as they are often very tiny. Monitor your sticky cards. Remember, these are indicators only, they are meant to let you know of pest problems that may be present in your greenhouse or garden. They will not and are not meant to control pests.
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Ultimate Guide to Growing Tomatoes – Part 2: Tomato Plant Care

By now, you’ve got your tomatoes started and in the ground. With the help of our first post in our Ultimate Guide to Growing Tomatoes, they were started properly and transplanted at the right time to the right location. Now what? For your tomato plants to provide plump, red fruit all summer, you need to provide them with some TLC.

Like most fruit plants, tomatoes need four critical elements to thrive ―water, light, food and pollination. So you just stick them in the dirt in a sunny spot and wait for the rain and bees, right? Ah, wouldn’t it be nice if it was that simple. Getting your plants just the right amount of these elements can be tricky. Here’s how to get it right:

Watering Tomatoes

Watered TomatoesProper watering is key to having a successful harvest. Tomatoes that are grown in a dry environment can often develop cracks. If you let your tomato wilt you can decrease your yields or even cause some fruit to fall off the vine prematurely. Tomatoes that are running too wet can be more subject to fungal diseases. Be consistent. Generally, unless under heavy fruit-load, an inch of rain per week is adequate. I am a big advocate for mulching. Use shredded bark, weed free hay/straw, compost, or grass clippings. Mulch helps to conserve water and cool the soil in the hot months. It is also great to get the microbial action stimulated in your garden. A healthy plant of any kind starts with a healthy root environment.
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Ultimate Guide to Growing Tomatoes by Growers Supply – Part 1: Tomato Basics

Ready to learn everything there is to know about growing your own tomatoes? Good, because over the next few weeks we will bring you our Ultimate Guide to Growing Tomatoes. This four-part series will include:

Tomatoes growing

Part 1: Tomato growing basics

  • Seed starting, transplanting, location

Part 2: Tomato plant care

  • Watering, light, nutrients, growth

Part 3:Tomato troubleshooting

  • Preventing common pests and diseases

Part 4: Beyond basic tomatoes

  • Organic and heirloom tomatoes

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