Fire Mountain Garden Exchange


Tomato Magic by Editor
July 12, 2009, 8:00 am
Filed under: Vegetables

Yet another source of interesting information on Tomato growing that we recommend, “Organic Tomato Magic” by Kacper Postawski . This is a very opinionated treatise on tomato growing that I found very helpful, as it is copyrighted, I don’t think it is appropriate to copy it here. You can purchase a copy for $20 on line.

The basic premise is that one should grow tomatoes not leaves. He suggests removing almost all the suckers and sun leaves so that the plant can breathe and focus growth on fruit not leaves. This is best done by hand, pressing the stalk of the sun leaf up towards the top of the plant until one hears a pop then moving it quickly downward to cleanly snap it off. Be careful not to tear strands down the vine. I will say that my plants look great, the set is good and they are easy to tie up after this treatment. As I did this three weeks ago, I haven’t yet seen the benefits in a new high set, but I think I will get it. The plants have no fungus and no dead leaves (a wonder for Heirlooms!), which is good enough in itself.

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