Back to Back Issues Page
[Tomato Dirt #174] 3 Things to Look for When Buying Tomato Plants
April 11, 2019

Tomato Dirt Newsletter
Volume 9, Number 8

Dear Tomato Dirt reader,

Welcome back to Tomato Dirt! A couple times a month, we’ll send you this newsletter packed with tips about growing tomatoes and using them.

Best Tips for Growing Tomatoes: Bestseller in 89 Countries

THE tomato-growing Bible and best-seller in 89 countries: How to Grow Juicy Tomatoes.

Two horticulturalists combine forces to give you advice about the right way to prune, fertilize, water and stake tomatoes.

You’ll be able to diagnose pest and disease problems using step by step priceless information, illustrated with 260 full color photos.

Get the book and you’ll also get 6 free bonuses, including the Family Tomato Cookbook and a database of 1300 varieties of tomatoes. More details here.

Tomato Dirt is on Pinterest

Follow Me on Pinterest
Join us on Pinterest! Browse our 100+ boards (and growing) for all kinds of tomato inspiration and practical information: growing tomatoes, tomato seeds, cold frames for tomatoes, tomato books, tomato greenhouses, , indoor tomatoes – even crafts to do with a tomato theme. Happy pinning!

FEATURE: 3 Things to Look for When Buying Tomato Plants

Image: Tomato Dirt

Whether you want to know how to buy tomato plants through the mail or in person at a garden center, a few principles help you choose which varieties to buy.

For instance, you need to know what kinds of tomatoes you wish to grow: cherry tomatoes for snacking, beefsteak tomatoes for sandwiches, plum tomatoes for sauces and for drying? And you need to choose tomato varieties that will work well in your garden’s climate and growing conditions.

But when it comes to actually inspecting the plants to check their health (whether those in stock on the shelves or those that you ordered by mail), look for these three things:

  1. Dark foliage. Pale green or yellow coloration indicates a nutrient deficiency. Curling, discoloration, or holes can mean disease, pests, poor lighting, under-watering, or over-watering.
  2. Strong central stem.
  3. No blossoms or fruit. It surprises gardeners that the best tomato plants to buy do not have blossoms or fruit already formed. Advanced growth in starting containers can be a tip off that the plant was over-fertilized as a seedling. If possible, avoid buying tomato plants with flowers or fruit, especially early in the season.

Discover what else to look for when you buy tomato plants

… and specifics about how to buy tomato plants through the mail.

FREE Kitchen Gardener Planner for Tomato Dirt Readers

Our friends at Gardener’s Supply offer this FREE Kitchen Garden Plannericon so you can use square-foot gardening techniques to create your own super-productive veggie garden, no matter how much or how little space you have. Customize a pre-planned garden or create your own using their cool online tools! Check it out here.

Tomato Growing Tip: When to Plant Your Tomato Plants

Image: Tomato Dirt

Get more tips for growing tomatoes on our Tomato Growing Tips Pinterest board.

Get Ready to Plant

Tomato Tone and other tomato fertilizersIt’s good to be a drip! Soaker hoses for tomatoes Dig it: garden trowels from Fiskars and others

More About Getting Tomato Plants Off to a Good Start

Starting a Vegetable Garden: What You Need to DoTomato Varieties: How to Understand the Way They are ClassifiedPreparing Your Soil for Planting TomatoesHow to Harden Off Tomato Plants to Prepare them for the Garden

That’s it for now. More next time.

Until then, happy gardening!

Kathy with Tomato Dirt
Find us on Facebook!

Back to Back Issues Page