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  • How-To Video: Planting a Tomato

    Tomatoes are fun and easy to plant and they are also economical because they are a lot less expensive than buying them at the grocery store.

    Tomatoes are very easy to grow if you meet simple, basic requirements:

    • Full sun (6 to 8 hours a day)
    • Rich, well-draining, well-amended soil
    • Regular water

    Prepare the soil

    • Mix into a 18-inch diameter area a good organic planting mix such as EB Stone Planting Compost
    • Mix (at the same time) a starter fertilizer such as EB Stone Sure Start as tomatoes grow fast and produce a lot so need lots of food.

    Planting your Tomato

    • Dig hole slightly larger than pot
    • Gently remove plant (push from bottom, don’t pull—tomatoes are tender when young)
    • Place tomato plant in hole, gently fill in and firm soil around the plant
    • Create a “well” with soil around plant to hold 2-inches of water
    • Water thoroughly (you may need to water every other day at first)

    Staking your Tomato Plant

    • If you have a determinate type (bush) tomato, no need to stake
    • If you have an indeterminate type (large, vine-like plant, most are this type) you must provide a support for it to grow on
    • Lots of choices:
      • Tomato cage (show different ones) sturdy is best
      • A “teepee” made of bamboo or other wood poles
      • You’ll need to tie tomato branches to support as they grow—plastic tape is best
      • Can even tie tomato branches to a chain-link fence

    You’ve done everything right! Get ready to harvest juicy, homegrown tomatoes with unbelievable flavor!

    View an overview of types of tomatoes we typically carry >

    View our tomato plant guide for care tips >

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