In mid-season, you need to nurture your heat-loving, tomato plants.
The fruits will become the best they can be — big and juicy— by following a few of these secrets for success:
- Avoid blossom-end rot caused by a lack of calcium. Preparation of your soil initially is key to preventing this. However, at this point in July, you can help your plants with consistent watering during the hottest summer months. Soak the vegetable garden, once a week by watering directly on the soil, not on the leaves.
- Once the fruit starts to form, add more calcium to your soil with an application of magnesium (found in Epsom salts). Or, use Espoma Tomato-Tone on established plants: Apply to soil, twice per month May through August.
- Or, apply a water soluble, organic fish fertilizer in mid-season to boost the growth of the fruits. Avoid too much nitrogen in the fertilizer so the plant won’t just grow more leaves.
- Continue to pinch off the suckers on the branches without tomatoes. Then, the plant’s energy will go into the fruit.
- Scratch the soil and compost around the stem to encourage new growth and set new fruit.