Organic Tomatoes are the hallmark of summer.
There’s nothing quite like a tomato fresh from the vine — still sun-warm as you drizzle it with balsamic vinegar and olive oil, and sprinkle it with salt.
Which is why you should plant tomatoes in your garden this year.
Whether you started your own or bought seedlings from a local farm, there are a few important steps to take as you plant organic tomatoes.
They’re simple, but these steps will help ensure your tomato plants root in and focus their energy on the main stalk for a strong start to a bountiful season.
Plant your tomatoes deep.
The hairs on the tomato plant will turn into roots when they touch soil, so planting them 4-6″ deep will help the plant create a stronger root system.
Prune the suckers.
Pinch or snip off the suckers (the off-shoots between the leaves and main stalk) so the plant can focus its energy in one direction.
You can choose to have one main stalk or to let one sucker turn into a second stalk – what we call the second leader.
More than two leaders will decrease your overall tomato yield.
Clip low leaves.
Tomatoes thrive with air flow, which decreases the chances of disease. Be sure to clip the lower leaves so no foliage is touching the soil.
Water them in.
With all transplants, it’s vital that they get water as they’re rooting in. This helps decrease transplant shock. We plant our tomatoes in a hoop house and lay drip-tape along the bed so they get watered right away.
And that’s it!
Whether you’re planting in a hoop house, greenhouse, outside, or in a container, follow these simple steps to help your tomato transplants thrive.