Tomato is a warm season crop so it can easily be grown in tropical and sub tropical areas. It requires six to eight hours of daily sunshine. so you need to keep the pot in area receiving adequate amount of sunshine.
SEEDING AND TRANSPLANTING
Tomato seed can be directly purchased from market or you can prepare seeds from tomatoes purchased from the vegetable store.
Preparation of pot mix soil:
- Mix 1/3 part of soil, 1/3 part of sand and 1/3 part of vermicompost in the pot.
- Water it before sowing the seed .
- Test the soil pH if possible, it should range between 6 to 7.
Sowing of seeds:
- sow 2 to 3 seeds in medium size pot and 4 to 8 seeds in large pot while leaving some space between each seed.
- Place the seeds nearly 1/4 inch deep in soil and pat down lightly.
- Do not leave sown pots in direct sunlight.
- Water the pot more frequently till you see plant sprouts.
- Once the plant has grown to at least 6 inches, move the pot in area receiving direct sunlight.
- Do not water frequently after seeds have germinated.
- When plant has grown to at least 6 inches it becomes ready for transplanting.
- you can pick the plant with roots attached to plant in soil mix with the help of khurpi.
- Place it in another pot and cover its roots with soil.
- Take care while transplanting to do not disturb the root of plant.
- Pat the planted area lightly.
- Remove all the leaves that remains below soil level to ensure less chances of disease.
- Keep checking any type of of weed infestation in pot or abnormalities in plant.
- Keep adding vermicompost or any organic compost once a month to ensure continuous nutrient supply to plant.
- As the plant grow it will need support to survive. You can place stick or can give it support with rope to the growing plant.
- Water only at the base of plant, do not sprinkle water on leaves as it can cause diseases.
- Water your plant weekly or sometime keep checking, if its drying then water a little just to provide enough moisture to plant roots.
- Fruit will become nearly all red or pink and the flesh will remain hard.
- Do not pull it directly as it can harm your plant.
- gently twist the fruits and avoid pulling the vine.
Keep this cycle repeated and enjoy fresh, healthy and organic tomatoes grown in your home.