How to Boost Tomato Plant Blooms

Overview

The tomato plant blooms are the part of the plant that yields your delicious tomatoes. Boosting the bloom production will in turn boost the yield of tomatoes per plant. You can never have too many tomatoes in your garden or your kitchen. Proper soil drainage, plant nutrition and pruning will give you the largest number of tomato plant blooms.

Step 1

Examine each of the tomato plants. Locate the thickest and greenest branches coming out of the main tomato stem. Select three to five of these branches to be the growing branches. Remove all the other branches completely from each of the tomato plants.

Step 2

Remove any large leaves off of the remaining stems. Leave only the smaller leaves. However, don't remove the leaves at the end of the branches. Don't remove any leaf clusters that are currently filled with blooms.

Step 3

Remove any dead leaves, dead stems or yellowing branches as the tomato plants grow. Save the tomato plant's energy to grow new blooms, instead of repairing yellow areas.

Step 4

Mix 10-10-10 liquid fertilizer according to the manufacturer's instructions. Mix in the appropriate amount of fertilizer to organic compost. Put the mixture at the bottom of each tomato plant 2 inches deep.

Step 5

Put a 1 inch layer of mulch on top of the organic compost mixture (from step 4).

Step 6

Water tomato plants twice weekly but don't leave the ground soggy or get the leaves wet.

Tips and Warnings

  • Be careful not to get liquid fertilizer directly on tomato plant stems and leaves. Don't store harvested tomatoes in the refrigerator. They lose their freshness and flavor.

Things You'll Need

  • Gardening gloves
  • Pruning shears
  • Tomato plants
  • 10-10-10 liquid fertilizer
  • Organic compost
  • Mulch
  • Water

References

  • How to Get the Best Tomatoes from Your Tomato Plants
  • Growing Tomatoes in a Home Garden
  • Watch Your Garden Grow

Who Can Help

  • Tomato Baby Company
Keywords: tomato blooms, grow tomatoes, tomato care

About this Author

Daniel Smith graduated from technical school in 1993 and has been writing since 2005. His has written numerous articles for the instructional website called eHow in areas including gardening, home improvement, celebrating special events and health-related topics.