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What is the secret to growing tomatoes?

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One of the most important tips for successfully growing tomatoes is to plant them in a location that receives a minimum of 10 hours of sunlight per day. If possible, the location should also be sheltered from the wind to prevent damage.

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Another secret to growing tomatoes is to always grow several varieties. Each type of tomato plant has different requirements, and some grow better in a garden than others. If possible, it is a good idea to stagger planting tomatoes, with about three weeks between planting. This means the tomatoes won't all ripen at the same time.

Tomato plants can grow more successfully if they have support. Taller types of tomato should have canes for support, while smaller varieties can be supported by netting. Compost can also help tomato plants to grow faster and sturdier. It is best to water tomato plants regularly with small amounts, rather than saturating the soil every few days. Regular water allows the tomato plant to grow consistently, resulting in a stronger plant. Sometimes the fruit of a tomato plant won't ripen before the end of summer. If this happens, it is best to pick the tomatoes early and bring them inside to ripen.

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