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Tomato care instructions

Solanum lycopersicum

All care instructions and information about Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) have been provided by real gardeners.

Lifecycle Is Tomato annual or perennial?
Annual
Growing Difficulty How hard is it to grow Tomato?
Easy 2/5
Growth Habit What shape or habit does Tomato grow into?
Erect
Hardiness How frost hardy is Tomato?
Tender
Country of Origin Where did Tomato come from?
Mexico
Mature Height How tall does Tomato grow?
1.50 metres / 4.88 feet
Mature Spread How wide does Tomato grow?
50.0 cm / 1.62 feet
USDA Zone Range Which zones does Tomato grow best in?
Zone 3 to Zone 14
pH Range The level of acidity for Tomato.
5.5 - 7.5
Water Requirements How much water does Tomato require?
Medium
Nitrogen Requirements How much nitrogen fertilizer does Tomato need?
Medium
Soil What sort of soil should I plant Tomato in?
Loam
Sun How much sunlight does Tomato need to grow?
Full Sun
Can Sow Direct? Can Tomato be sown directly?
No
Sowing Depth How deep to plant Tomato?
1.0 cm / 0.39 inches
Sowing Distance Apart How far apart to plant Tomato?
2.0 cm / 0.78 inches
Sowing Row Distance Apart How far apart to plant rows of Tomato?
2.0 cm / 0.78 inches
Ideal Germination Temperature Range What temperatures does Tomato need in order to germinate?
12°C / 54°F to 32°C / 90°F
Growing Temperatures What temperatures are best to grow Tomato in?
13°C / 55°F to 35°C / 95°F
Planting Distance Apart How far apart to plant Tomato seedlings.
80.0 cm / 2.60 feet
Planting Row Distance Apart How far apart to plant rows of Tomato seedlings.
80.0 cm / 2.60 feet
Bloom Time When will Tomato bloom?
Early Summer
Harvest Time When is Tomato ready for harvest?
Mid Summer
Pruning Time When should I prune Tomato?
Mid Summer