INDETERMINANT TOMATOES - GROWING, FEEDING, TIERING AND FORMING
Many gardeners believe that it is easier to grow undersized tomatoes. Yes, caring for tall bushes is a little more difficult, but in any case, they will yield more crops. In low tomatoes, the yield potential is much more modest. In fact, their only plus is more compact bushes.
Don't want to tie up and stepson? Choose indeterminate varieties with not very large fruits and leave to grow in spreading. Even in this form, they will yield a higher yield than from the same area of undersized varieties. I assure you!
DO NOT HURRY WITH PLANTING INDETERMINANT TOMATOES!
Do not rush and plant tall varieties for seedlings in February. Personally, I do this in April, and by the end of May I get a developed, stocky seedling that takes root perfectly in the ground. And, by the way, it hurts less later.
UNDER THE TAPE - STAND!
For tall tomatoes, trellises are required - at least 2 m high. Even easier - stick stakes near the plants.
It is more convenient to grow such tomatoes on a stationary bed with a width of 70 cm to 1 m: two rows of plants are planted along its periphery with a distance of at least 70 cm from a bush to a bush.
A trellis with a crossbar fixed on top (otherwise, under the weight of plants with fruits, the trellis will tilt) is installed in the center of the garden. When the seedlings get stronger, a rope is stretched from the stems to the upper crossbar. The tops of the shoots are wrapped around a rope-4 ki (it must be durable and non-slip).
The advantage of such a garter is good ventilation of plants.
LEAVING FOUR STEMS ON INDETERMINANT TOMATOES
I believe that most tall tomatoes are optimally formed into four stems, evenly distributing the crop on them (the main stem and three stepsons). Good results are also obtained when plants are formed into one or two stems.
Tomatoes will burn
Some agronomists advise removing the lower leaves. But I do not want to expose the plants - and the yield is reduced, the fruits can get sunburned. This is especially true for the southern regions, where tomatoes with torn leaves simply burn in the sun.
You can remove the leaves on the bushes only when the fruits begin to turn red.
At this time, the main outflow of nutrients to the plant is almost completed.
WE DO NOT SAVE ON FOOD AND WATER
What you can’t save on when growing tall tomatoes is watering and fertilizing. Powerful plants are very demanding on moisture and soil quality. In autumn or before planting, the ridges and planting holes need to be filled with humus, spending about a bucket of rotted manure per linear meter. It is useful to powder all this with wood ash - 0-liter jar per linear meter of row.
From the moment the fruits are set and until the beginning of their ripening, it is advisable to feed tall tomatoes every 2-3 weeks - with complex mineral-organic fertilizers, it would be nice with humates. Or at least fermented slurry, infusions of grass and wood ash.
And the soil under the bushes must be mulched - with straw or chopped grass. And even small branches with leaves.
If possible, it would be good to sprinkle the soil with a couple of centimeters of humus before mulching. Then, with regular watering, you will get a double crop of large fruits. After all, tall tomatoes form a crop, adjusting to nutritional conditions. □
CAN AND NOT TIED
We didn’t have time to tie up all the tomatoes - it’s okay. The main thing is to mulch the soil in time so that the shoots do not lie on bare ground and become infected with late blight. So the plants themselves choose their position in space and feel at ease even without pinching. The yield and quality from this, of course, fall somewhat (the fruits often rot and get sunburned), but they are still more than that of compact bushes.
And much less work.
Reference by topic: Growing indeterminate tomatoes using organic farming technology
GROWING INDETERMINANT TMATS - A VERY GOOD VIDEO
© Author: Denis Terentiev, biologist, agronomist
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