How to grow sweet tomatoes: a tricky fertilization schedule

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It would seem that growing fragrant juicy tomatoes in the garden is quite simple, but there are nuances. Often, instead of tasty large tomatoes, small and watery fruits grow. Experienced gardeners emphasize that the path to a quality harvest begins at the stage of planting seedlings in the ground.

It would be a good idea to sprinkle dolomite flour on the beds in the fall before digging. If you did not have time to do this, it does not matter. OBOZ.UA tells you how to grow sweet tomatoes using a tricky fertilization schedule.

How to plant and fertilize tomatoes

Tomato seedlings should not be too close to each other, otherwise, due to lack of air circulation, rot and fungal spores may appear on the leaves. On thickened bushes, it is better to cut off the lower leaves.

Plants do not need to be watered often – once or twice a week, 6-8 liters of water under the bush is enough.

For a characteristic sweet flavor, you should create conditions so that sugars accumulate in the fruit. Therefore, experts advise choosing a sunny spot in the garden so that tomatoes are exposed to direct light for at least 8 hours a day.

To improve the taste, you can prepare an effective additive. Dissolve a tablespoon of common salt and a glass of sifted wood ash in a bucket of water. Insist on the solution for 2 days, and then pour half a liter of this top dressing under each bush. Carry out the procedure once during the season, when a light red tint begins to appear on the fruits.

Feeding schedule

At the flowering stage, it is advised to water tomatoes with a light pink solution of potassium permanganate or spray the plants with iodine solution - for 4 liters of water, take 1 liter of milk or whey and 5 drops of iodine. Boric acid will also be useful – it will stimulate the growth of the ovaries and increase the sugar content of the fruit. Dilute 10 g of boric acid in a liter of water. Please note that this solution is not used at the root.

There is another simple way to "sweeten" tomatoes. You can add a little baking soda to the soil where the tomato bushes grow – it will reduce the acidity level, making the fruits sweeter. Carefully sprinkle the soda on the ground around the plant without touching the bush itself. 2-3 tablespoons of soda are enough for one bush.

The fertilization schedule is to choose the right time when fertilizers will have the greatest effect.

It is better to fertilize tomatoes at an early stage of their growth, and then take a break until the ovary forms.

Excess nitrogen fertilizers will slow down the rate of ovary formation. Fertilizers with a high potassium content will be useful - this component will stimulate fruiting.

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