With the tomato reportedly being the most popular vegetable grown in home gardens, the question revolving around where tomatoes grow best is a common topic of query. Regardless of the focus on where tomatoes thrive well, whether it be about a particular geographical region or a preferred spot in an individual’s backyard garden space, it all comes down to location, location.
The majority of tomato varieties offered in seed outlets require anywhere from 60 to 90 days to mature from initial seed sowing to ripe and ready to harvest. In addition, tomato plants started from seed in a greenhouse or indoor setting 4 weeks prior should not be placed in the garden spot until after the threat of the last frost in spring. Also, tomato plants can perish during the first frost episode in the fall.
Given these two particulars, regions and growing zones with longer growing seasons of warm weather prevailing for at least two months or longer between spring and fall frosts provide the most optimum conditions for superior tomato growth and production.
Tomatoes love the sun and flourish best in direct sunlight; therefore you will want to plant your homegrown tomatoes where they can receive at least 6, but preferably 8 hours of sunlight per day.
Though tomatoes can be successfully grown in areas with reduced per-day warm-weather sunlight, home gardeners should be aware that the reduced sunlight increases the days to maturity, which could result I the crop not having ample time to ripen before the first fall frost.
Tomatoes grow best is soils slightly on the acidic side at a pH level of 6.0 to 7.5, thrive well in a loose soil, and require approximately 1 to 1-1/2 inches of water each week.