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Avoid common tomato growing mistakes or risk ‘no crop’ this summer

There is nothing more rewarding than growing your own tomatoes, with one small plant providing plenty of fruit.

Not only are they delicious and versatile, but they can be easy to grow as long as they are given the correct care.

Experts have shared some common mistakes many people make which could result in “no crop”.

Speaking to Express.co.uk, gardening guru at Miracle-Gro, Kate Turner, explained: “Before you start buying tomato seeds, it is worth noting there are a variety of tomato types including salad tomatoes, cherry tomatoes and beefsteak tomatoes.

“If you have a heated greenhouse, you can begin sowing in late winter. If not, you can sow indoors from early spring.”

May is a great time to sow tomatoes outside because the frost has likely passed in the UK.

It is important to keep tomato plants warm and well watered, although too much may cause problems such as root rot or attract pests.

They are extremely thirsty plants, especially during the summer months because they love full sun, which makes them need lots of hydration, but only when the weather is warm.

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) recommended keeping the soil or compost evenly moist throughout the growing season.

The RHS said: “Fluctuating moisture levels can cause problems with the fruit, such as splitting or blossom end rot. Plants in containers dry out quickly, so they may need watering daily in hot weather.”

They also need to be fed regularly, every 10 to 14 days precisely, according to the RHS.

Not doing so can result in a lack of or “no crop”, but over-feeding them may also cause problems so it’s important to refer to the bottle or packet first.

Not removing side shoots is also a huge mistake which can result in weak fruit being grown.

Pinching away side shoots will help the plant focus energy on certain stems and fruit.

Large cordon varieties need a stout stake or other strong support such as bamboo to grow up, and if they aren’t supported, they may fall over and snap.

Gardeners should tie the main stem to the support as the plant grows as this will train it to grow up and keep strong.

Bush tomatoes can benefit from a short central stake which can be purchased from garden centres to help keep the fruit off the ground.


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