Tomatoes need a little extra work but the reward is worth it. No matter what variety you choose, add a good tomato specific manure into the soil. Then once a month drench the plants with a liquid seaweed fertiliser. Water regularly, a cousin who grew tomatoes commercially said “always water before 10am as the plants do not take up as much water during the heat of the day.”
Stake your plants well with a pyramid style form or a solid straight stake. This is because the central stem is not strong enough to grow upright on its own.
Break off any laterals as they appear. The smaller the lateral, the easier it is to break out, this will encourage the plant to produce more fruit. Since you’re here… we have a small favour to ask. More and more people want the Post than ever but advertising revenues across the media are falling fast. And unlike many news organisations, we haven’t put up a paywall – we want to keep our journalism as open as we can. So you can see why we need to ask for your help. The Post’s independent, investigative journalism takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. With investigative reporting, we often don't know at the beginning how a story will unfold and how long it might take to uncover. This can mean it is costly – particularly as we often face legal threats that attempt to stop our reporting. But we remain committed to raising important questions and exposing wrongdoing. And we do it because we believe our perspective matters – because it might well be your perspective, too. If everyone who reads our reporting, who likes it, helps to support it, our future would be much more secure. For as little as NZ$5, you can support the Post – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Support The Post