Tomatoes are relatively easy to grow, but it's important to plant them at the right time in order for them to grow properly. Growing tomatoes is a fun and rewarding practice. There's nothing better than eating a freshly sliced, juicy tomato picked right from your own garden. This article will provide you with the information you need to plant your tomatoes at just the right time.
No matter where you live, you should always wait until the last frost to plant your tomatoes. For some, planting as early as March is fine, though those living in northern climates will have to wait until late May. As long as the last frost has passed, it is fine to plant your tomatoes, though it is unlikely they will bear fruit until July. Tomatoes, especially full-sized varieties, only thrive in warm temperatures, and will not grow well if the the temperature consistently dips below 55 degrees at night. If you're an urban dweller, consider growing small cherry tomatoes.
If you're anxious to get your green thumb dirty early in the year, consider starting your tomato plants from seed. Seedlings can be started indoors a month or two before planting time, and watching them sprout in your windowsill can help liven your spring spirit. If necessary, a small grow light will help them develop until they're ready to go outside.
There's no reason to stop with one crop. Heavily harvested tomato plants will become spent and stop producing fruit after some time, so it's a good idea to plant another crop after your first one to ensure you'll have tasty fruit throughout the end of summer. If you start one crop in May, consider starting the next crop in June. Don't plant any later than June, though, as tomatoes planted too late in the season will bear very little fruit.
With these guidelines, you'll be growing your own healthy tomato plants in no time!