For nearly a century following the introduction of the tomato plant to the Americas, people stayed away from eating it, for the blood-red fruit of the plant was thought to be poisonous. Did you notice that instead of calling a tomato a vegetable, I referred to it as a fruit? The reason being the tomato is actually a fruit, and not a vegetable, which many believe to be the case. We could actually call it a berry, as it is rightfully the ovary of a flowering tomato plant. Believe it or not, the tomato is one of the most commonly cultivated plant species in the USA. In fact, tomato lovers from all over the world grow this plant. If you have tasted a freshly picked tomato, I am sure you will know why.
When selecting tomato varieties to grow, you will soon encounter how much choice the tomato grower is presented with. Tomatoes range in size from small marbles to large softballs. The smaller varieties, which are common in supermarkets these days, are called cherry tomatoes. One of the larger varieties of tomatoes that are also commonly available, are called the beefsteak tomato. But it doesn’t stop with size, there are different types and different colors too. You may have seen tomatoes in colors like orange, yellow or purple.
The way that tomatoes grow can be categorized into two groups: The determinates and the indeterminates.
Although the names a bit peculiar, the meaning behind the name is fairly straight forward. Determinate tomato plants will grow to a particular height and then just stop growing. You can use these growing conditions to your advantage by filling up small spaces or planting your tomatoes in indoor pots. Indeterminate tomato plants are, you guessed it, exactly opposite to determinates. They will grow and grow, becoming almost vine-like, which is why they are sometimes given the name vine tomatoes. So, you can also use this to your advantage by growing them outside next to a fence or other support frame.
Like most plants, it is not too difficult to grow tomatoes from seeds. You can, of course, buy small seedling plants from your local plant shop, which I recommend for beginners. You can buy seeds from a garden store or from the internet. Many varieties are available on the internet, especially less common ones.
The most important growing conditions that tomatoes require are ample sunshine, water, and well-drained soil. If you follow only those basic steps then you will most likely produce tomatoes. But there are, of course, other things to keep in mind. There are also many techniques and tips available if you would like to amplify your harvest, or grow extremely tasty tomatoes. Growing tomatoes has become an art-form in itself.
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