Can’t seem to grow plump and juicy tomatoes to matter how much time you spend gardening?
The berries of the Solanum lycopersicum plant, tomatoes are a versatile vegetable that can be used in a variety of culinary dishes.
Of course, large tomatoes are preferable over small tomatoes.
If you’re tired of harvesting cherry-sized tomatoes, you should check out the five following tips to grow bigger tomatoes in your garden.
#1) Space at Least 2 Feet Apart
Don’t make the mistake of overcrowding your tomato plants.
Without an adequate amount of space, they won’t be able to develop plump and juicy tomatoes.
So, how far apart should you space your tomato plants?
While some varieties need more space than others, a good rule of thumb is to space tomato plants at least 2 feet apart from each other.
#2) Increase Sun Exposure
The amount of sunlight to which your tomato plants are exposed will affect their size.
As you may have guessed, tomato plants that are exposed to more sunlight produce bigger tomatoes than those exposed to less sunlight.
Sunlight triggers photosynthesis, thereby fueling the plants with more energy to produce bigger tomatoes.
By planting your tomatoes in an area or your garden or landscape that receives a substantial amount of sunlight, you’ll be rewarded with bigger tomatoes.
#3) Use a Trellis
Another simple tip to grow bigger tomatoes is to use a trellis.
Featuring interwoven boards, trellises are designed to accommodate “climbing” plants, including tomatoes.
As a tomato plant grows, it will develop vines that spider outwards. With a trellis nearby, the tomato plant will latch onto the structure, allowing it to grow vertically rather than horizontally.
#4) Add Mulch
Consider adding mulch around the base of your tomato plants.
Mulch is beneficial for all plants – and tomatoes are no exception. It helps to retain moisture, protects the soil from erosion and discourages the intrusion of weeds.
Just remember to use a sufficient amount of mulch so that it covers all the soil surrounding your tomato plants.
#5) Prune the Bottom
Pruning the bottom of your tomato plants can have a positive impact on their harvest size.
When you prune the bottom leaves of a tomato plant, you’ll encourage it to grow new leaves at the top.
This is important because the bottom leaves are susceptible to decay and disease. If you don’t remove a decaying or diseased leaf, it may spread to other parts of the plant.
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