Growing Tomatoes in the Home Garden

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Home gardeners get a lot of satisfaction in going out to their garden and harvesting some plump red tomatoes. But nothing can be more frustrating to the home gardener than to go out and find a dead or wilted plant. Some examples of the problems that gardeners will run into and what can be done about them follows:  The following is a checklist of the problems, probable causes, and suggested cures:

Problem Probable Cause Suggested Cures
Wilting Plants Dry soil Water
  Too much water in soil Drain
  Nematodes Follow cultural recommendations
  Disease Use resistant varieties if possible
  Walnut Wilt Don’t plant near Black Walnut
Failure to set fruit High or low temperatures Follow recommended planting time.
  Too much nitrogen Avoid excess fertilization
  Insects Identify and use control measures
  Cloudy weather Hope the sun will shine
Leaves curl Heavy pruning in hot weather Avoid pruning in hot weather
  Diseases or insects Identify and use control measures
  Variety None needed
Abnormal growth Herbicide damage Avoid sprayers previously used to apply herbicide. Prevent spray drift to garden site.
  Virus diseases Remove infected plants to prevent disease spreading. Control insects that transit virus.

Tomato plants grow best when transplanted before blossoms form. Developing fruits on tomato plants place a serious nutrient drain on the plants. If the plants are having to overcome transplant shock, slow early growth will likely result.

Cluster of tomates

Cluster of Tomatoes