The Ultimate Guide to aero gardening tomatoes is about growing tomatoes indoors. I tried growing them outdoors but failed miserably to get a good tomato. Out of six plants I only got a few. What is supposed to be an easy plant to grow has been a challenge for me.
My plants’ however, stopped growing due to various reasons, for instance:
- Change in temperature outside was sudden.
- Growth of the tomato became impeded due to nutritional issues.
- Bore water where we live has a high mineral content which affects the plants’ growth.
- The tomato plants had little bugs crawling, these Aphids.
- I was not particularly eager to spray
- All of the above caused the flowers’ not to bear fruit, and some fell off the stems.
Tomatoes love warm weather, and we had a sudden change in temperature, which caused mine to die back. I’ve tried companion planting, but that didn’t work either; I decided to do some research on Aero Gardening tomatoes to see if they would grow more successfully.
Three main points are essential to successful growth: pollination, nutrition, and plant care, critical to helping prevent plant growth issues, disease, and insect infestation. The Idea of the ability to grow tomatoes all year round appeals to me, but who was it that said: “tomatoes are easy to grow”!
Aero Gardening Tomatoes.
Growing tomatoes successfully in an Aero Garden system indoors is apparently simple and requires very little maintenance. All that the plant needs are:
- Lighting and
- Ambient room temperature of 18 degrees Celsius (65. F)
which sounds simple enough, don’t you think?
The water in the area where you live may need to be checked first because some areas have hard tap water, and others can be treated heavily with chemicals. Hence, distilled water may need purchasing for the Aero Garden system regularly.
Tomatoes require at least 8 hours of light to produce fruit, including providing the correct ambient temperature, nutrients and checking daily to ensure successful growth. Any of the above points can affect the plants’ ability to grow fruit properly.
Companies that advertise tomato kits, such as is the
AeroGarden Red Heirloom Cherry Tomato Kit for Harvest and Classic 6 Models
which has a 4 1/2 star rating, can be purchased through places such as Amazon They guarantee that the kit has:
- non-GMO seeds
- no herbicides
- no pesticides
- 100 per cent germination and
- if the seeds fail to sprout in the seed pod, Amazon guarantees replacement for free. Sounds good, doesn’t it.
So what can go wrong?
Well there a number of things that can go wrong apparently, such as:
- the kit is old, may have been sitting on a shop self far too long
- items can get broken during transit, (if being posted)
- forgetting to check the plants daily and neglecting attention to detail
- not checking the water level
- failing to do a pH test of the tap water and during the growth stage in the reservoir
- failure to add nutrients
- neglecting to pollinate the flowers’
- growth is out of control
- not pruning them to strengthen the stem and
How to care for Aero Garden Tomatoes
Feeding Tomato Plants
When it comes to adding nutrients to the Aero Garden, there are two types: liquid or tablet.
AeroGarden Liquid Nutrients (3oz) bottle
Using liquid fertilizer, it is essential to shake the bottle well so that all the contents in the bottle mix together, then add to the recommended amount of water in the system. The amount you add will be based on the number of plants you are growing.
If you are using a tablet form of the nutrient, then you will need to add it every two weeks when the system reminds you to do so, or after you have flushed the old water out of the reservoir and added freshwater back in, then you will need to add more nutrients.
The recommended nutrient for AeroGardens is dependent on the number of tomato plants growing in the system. Read the instructions that come with the packaging.
Growing successful tomato plants’ in Aero Gardening is to prune them when the stem gets taller so that it can grow into a compact bush.
The first pruning that is needed is to make the first cut from the bottom of the central stalk, above the leaves, up to the fifth branch, or 4-6″ of the plant to help strengthen the stem, increase airflow around the base, and encourage the plant to branch out to produce more flowers’. Also, pruning helps reduce the risk of mildew.
Tomato plants’ normally produce suckers; they grow between the main stem and the lateral stem. They grow very fast and need removing as soon as possible. Pruning them can be done by pinching them as soon as you see them coming through, with either your fingers or some small clean scissors. Try not to cut them when they get too large as that tends to leave large open wounds on the plant, which could potentially invite disease. Otherwise, cut them and leave at least two leaves to stop growth.
Pollinating the Tomato Flowers!
When the tomato plants start flowering, they produce pollen. Because they are grown indoors, nature needs a helping hand to spread the pollination from flower to flower to form fruit. What will happen if the tomato plant fails to pollinate? Well, apparently, the flowers’ fall off the plant and the fruit will not develop.
So how do we give the tomato plants’ a helping hand when the flowers are pollinating? There are several ways that this can be achieved to help the process:
- a small soft paintbrush to shake the flowers’ gently
- shaking the stem gently every day after flower appear
- An Electric Toothbrush can be used to vibrate the stem or individual flowers’, gently
- using a fan to provide a wind effect to increase pollination
- Cotton swabs
- Disease or insects in Tomato Plants
Some gardeners recommend getting a pH testing kit and regularly checking the water’s pH level before planting tomato plants’ or when diagnosing issues. The pH testing kit will match the alkalinity or acidity in the water. Tomatoes require a level of 6.0 to 6.5. It is under 6.0. We will need to adjust the level by raising it; if it is over, it will need to be adjusted accordingly to bring the pH down.
Some common issues include brown spots on the leaves near the tip, then there is a curl and eventually, yellowing. Other issues include:
- Hard or heavily chlorinated tap water
- Insect infestation
- Root Virus (brown or slimy) roots should be white and healthy.
- pH problems
- Lights too far from the plants’
It is easy to say that a plant is easy to grow, when in fact, some variables can affect the plants’ well-being and inability to produce fruit.
The main points to successfully grown edible fruit were providing ambient growth within the home and checking to ensure sufficient water and nutrition. It is also important to remember that nature needs a helping hand if we want to have beautiful tomatoes; it’s ideal for pruning regularly.
I hope you have enjoyed reading my article on Tomatoes. If you have any questions or wish to share information on this topic, please leave a comment below, and I’ll get back to you.
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