If you've been gardening for any amount of time, you know that the key to growing healthy plants is proper fertilization. The same goes for tomatoes: if you want them to be big and juicy and bursting with flavor, then you need to give them the nutrients they need to thrive. One of the most important pieces of advice we can give about tomato fertilizer is that it doesn't have to be complicated or expensive! You can do a lot with just one bag of Big Ass Tomato Fertilizer. Here's how we recommend using it or other fertilizers on your tomatoes:
Use the right kind of fertilizer
When choosing a fertilizer, look for one that is high in nitrogen and potassium. This will give your tomato plants the nutrients they need to grow strong and healthy. Avoid fertilizers that are high in phosphorus or calcium; these minerals promote blossom end rot on tomatoes. Big Ass Tomato Fertilizer contains a 9-1.5-7 formula of nitrogen, potassium, phosphorus and calcium—the perfect blend for growing tomatoes!
Find the right time to plant tomatoes.
Spring is a great time to plant tomatoes if you want them ready to eat by late summer.
Fall is another good time for planting tomatoes—they'll be ready by the end of September or beginning of October.
Don't plant tomatoes in the winter, because they won't grow well under cold temperatures. If you really want to grow tomatoes year-round, consider trying a greenhouse or other type of indoor growing environment instead!
Plant tomatoes in a good spot.
Plant tomatoes in full sun. Tomatoes require lots of sunlight to produce fruit, so it's best to plant them in an area with at least 6 hours of sunlight per day.
Avoid planting tomatoes in wet soil. The roots need oxygen to grow and thrive, so if your garden is drenched in rainwater for most of the season, it might not be a great spot for growing this plant—and you're more likely to end up with diseased plants or low yields as a result of root rot problems later on.
Avoid planting tomatoes where drainage is poor. Same goes here: If there's no way for excess water from rainfall or irrigation to exit the soil around your tomato plants' roots (which can happen when they're planted too close together) they'll eventually begin drowning out from all that extra moisture hanging around down there! Soil compaction is another issue that can arise when watering regularly without any room left between each plant: The ground will become compacted over time, making it harder for nutrients like minerals and organic matter like composted manure or crushed eggshells--two other things we recommend adding into containers as organic fertilizer sources--to reach those hungry little roots beneath ground level; hence why adding extra organic matter should help keep them healthy while also contributing nutrients back into soil through natural decomposition processes."
Make sure your soil is prepared for maximum tomato growth.
Before you begin using tomato fertilizer, make sure your soil is prepared for maximum growth. The ideal soil for tomatoes should be loose and well-drained with an ideal pH of 6 to 6.8 (slightly acidic). Your soil should also contain enough organic matter (compost) to increase water retention and nutrients. You can also add lime if your soil is acidic, or gypsum if it's heavy clay.
Water your plants at the base.
Watering at the base of your tomato plants is one of the best ways to ensure that they receive a good amount of water. This helps prevent blossom end rot, which starts when there's not enough calcium in the soil. Blossom end rot isn't caused by fungi or disease—it's just a simple lack-of-calcium issue. When you water at the base, you're keeping more moisture around those roots where they need it most—and helping them get all that great plant food from your fertilizer so they can grow strong and tasty tomatoes!
Where to find the best tomato fertilizer
If you're looking for the best tomato fertilizer, there are a few things to keep in mind.
How much nitrogen and phosphorus does it have? You'll want to use more nitrogen than phosphorus because tomatoes are primarily carbohydrate-based plants that need lots of carbohydrates. In other words, tomatoes need energy more than they need protein. To figure out how much nutrients are in your fertilizer, check the ingredient label or consult with someone who knows about gardening. If you don't already know about gardening or fertilizing gardens, then consult with someone who does!
What kind of tomato do you have? Some types grow better without high amounts of nitrogen because they're more focused on improving their fruit production rather than producing leaves (which contain many proteins).
Fertilize regularly and correctly.
Fertilize at least once a month, using a fertilizer with a high nitrogen content like Big Ass Tomato Fertilizer.
Apply the fertilizer at the base of the plant, not on top. If you’re using water-soluble fertilizers, apply them after watering your tomatoes and then wait for the soil to dry slightly before watering again. Don't overdo it with tomato fertilizer; too much will make them grow too fast and become spindly or weak.
It's easy to fertilize tomatoes correctly if you follow these steps.
Tomatoes are sensitive plants, and they need just the right amount of fertilizer to grow properly. Too little or too much will cause problems with your tomato plants. It’s always a good idea to keep an eye on the pH levels throughout the life of your tomato plants.
If you choose to use a chemical fertilizer, use it sparingly because it can burn leaves if there is too much applied at once. A natural fertilizer such as compost tea or worm castings (the liquid produced by worms when they break down organic matter) provides nutrients that promote healthy plant growth without damaging the environment or polluting water sources like rivers and streams. This can take time. Big Ass Fertilizer are all organic and give you the best of both worlds, an easy application of powder fertilizer that is good for the environment.