With the number of tomato plants on the market growing exponentially, it’s easy to miss some key tips for ensuring your plants stay healthy and healthy for years to come.
In fact, the gardener who’s been in the business for more than 30 years is probably well aware of the many ways that tomato plants can be affected by the weather and climate.
“The best way to keep them healthy and vibrant is to do your best to maintain a climate that allows for them to thrive,” said Kerry Hughes, the founder and CEO of Plant Gardener, a professional plant care and maintenance company based in Ireland.
“It’s important to make sure that when the season is wet and the soil is sandy and not saturated with lime or salt, that the soil moisture is good enough to maintain the healthy conditions.”
There are plenty of reasons for that.
A tomato plant is not a tree or shrub, Hughes said.
“You’re not looking at a tree when you’re looking at tomato plants.
They’re actually pretty little creatures.
So, you have to understand the role they play in the ecosystem, and the plants are the ones that they are able to do that.”
In fact that’s one of the things that makes the plants so popular.
“If you look at the fruit of a tomato, it has to be picked at least three times before it can be consumed,” Hughes said, adding that it’s not a simple task.
“So, the process is really, really complicated, and you have plants that are going to be in the ground for a long time, and they’re not going to pick up every fruit that you pick up.”
A tomato’s body is full of sugars, and it can also be affected because of their shape.
“A tomato is a fruit and the plant is an organ,” Hughes explained.
“As a fruit grows, the sugars that are attached to it get oxidized, and when that happens, it will turn brown and you will not be able to eat that fruit.”
“That’s when it becomes a vegetable, which is why you see them on the supermarket shelves, but they are not actually plants.”
A lot of the time, Hughes’ customers will ask for a recommendation for a specific type of tomato.
“They’ll ask what type of plant they want,” he said.
When asked what kinds of plant to pick, Hughes says they generally get their tomatoes from one of two sources: a local grower or a farmer’s market.
The grower will often take a few of the fruits, and if they’re small, they’ll sell them as an appetizer or to be added to a salad.
“Typically, you’ll see a tomato pick on the shelf that is labeled as a tomato but has a lot of other ingredients,” Hughes told Business Insider.
“Like, if you want to eat it raw, you can’t.”
The gardener then has to take a sample of the fruit and taste it to see if it has the right kind of flavor.
The tomato’s flavor will also be different depending on the species.
“Depending on the type of fruit, the tomato plant will produce different flavors,” Hughes added.
You want to find a variety that you’re going to enjoy.” “
What you need to do is go to the local farmer’s markets, which are open from late March through mid-May, and try to find the best tomatoes and the best varieties that are in the market.
You want to find a variety that you’re going to enjoy.”
That’s why a lot more people want to see the fruits that the gardens pick than they do to buy the tomatoes themselves.
Hughes said that, in addition to knowing which varieties are in his market, he also has to do a lot to make his market look appealing to potential customers.
“In my own industry, we do a little bit of marketing, but you have no idea what to expect, because we don’t know what is going to happen next year,” he explained.
He added that he has to keep an eye out for trends in the industry, and is also working on a few projects that will hopefully provide customers with new ideas and new products.
“We are trying to create new products and make sure we’re keeping our customers happy,” Hughes stated.
If you’re interested in finding out more about how to grow tomatoes, visit Plant Gardent.
In addition to being a gardener, Hughes is also a consultant and he’s worked with other companies on a variety of issues, including how to promote and sell their products to consumers.
“I have worked with some of the major supermarkets on the consumer side, and also with the biggest supermarkets on other aspects of the product, including advertising,” Hughes revealed.
“For example, one of my clients was looking to get the word out about the tomato salad in their supermarket, and I worked with them to make that happen.”