Five Tips For Top Tomatoes

As the tomato season continues many of you will have already harvested a bumper crop from your lovingly-tended tomato plants.

Follow Tui’s top tips for tomatoes to get the most from your tomatoes and keep them producing long into the season:


  • Water regularly, 2 or 3 times a week. Irregular watering can lead to blossom end rot, and if plants dry out they are more susceptible to pests and diseases.
  • Mornings are best; definitely avoid the heat of the day.
  • Avoid watering the foliage, as this can cause fungus diseases.


    Remove laterals & lower leaves:

    • Laterals are the side branches that appear about the leaves on the main truck of the plant. Removing these enables the plant to focus its energies on fruit production.
    • Remove the lower leaves up to approximately the first truss of tomatoes to aid air circulation and to help stop fungus taking hold.


    • Apply a seaweed based plant tonic, like Seasol, regularly, to encourage plant health and to help plants handle fluctuations in temperature as the days are hot and the nights cool down leading into autumn.

    Protect from birds:

    • Cover plants with netting to prevent birds stealing your ripening tomatoes.

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    Five Tips For Top Tomatoes Comments

    • Most gardeners put growing tomatoes at top top of their growing list... Tips for growing and caring for tomato plants are very helpful...Will definitely keep these tips in my idea!

    • we have been very disappointed in our tomato harvest this year almost to the point where we wonder if we should give up planting them at all. however after reading tour"helpful hints" we are giving them anoher try next season. Thank you.


    • Can you tell me why my bumper crop of tomatoes won't ripen. I have given them fertiliser but not one has turned red.Chrissy


    • Hi Maisieann, that's great to hear you are going to give them another try, good luck! - Gemma (Tui Team)


    • Hi Chrissy, are they getting enough sun - tomatoes need a lot of sun to ripen. Do you know what variety it is, that may also help identify the issue. Thanks! Gemma (Tui Team)


    • Have you any idea why our tomatoes have a hard core which covers the top of the tomato as well. Is this due to too much sun maybe?


      • Hi Rose it could be due to too much sun, not enough water, or too much sulphate of potash. Counter with an application of a nitrogen rich fertiliser – sheep pellets would be good.

        Tui Team