How to Add Sweet Flavor to Tomato Plants

Overview

Home gardeners grow tomatoes more than any other vegetable. Their homegrown popularity is a testament to how delicious a tomato fresh from the vine tastes. Tomatoes, fortunately, are easy to grow, but there are techniques to growing juicy, sweet tomatoes. Experienced gardeners know that with the right care you can produce a bountiful harvest that will be sweeter than any tomato you will ever buy from a grocery store.

Step 1

Plant tomato plants in a sunny location. The sun is crucial to plant growth and increases the Vitamin C content in the tomatoes.

Step 2

Till 1 to 2 inches of compost into the top of the soil before planting tomato plants. Compost adds extra nutrients to the soil, increasing the health of the plants.

Step 3

Prune tomatoes throughout the growing season. By hand or with garden shears, pinch off 1- to 2-inch-long suckers that develop in the "Y" between a branch and the main stem. Pruning concentrates growth on the fruit instead of foliage.

Step 4

Water plants daily until soil appears saturated around plants. Plants will not thrive without an adequate water supply.

Step 5

Leave tomatoes on the vine until they are full ripened. Tomatoes ripened on the vine are much sweeter than if picked early.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden shears
  • Compost
  • Water

References

  • National Gardening Association: Tomato Plant Care
  • Michigan Gardener: Pruning Tomato Plants
  • National Gardening Association: Pruning Tomatoes
Keywords: tomato plants, sweet tomatoes, pruning tomatoes

About this Author

Sommer Sharon has a bachelor's degree in IT/Web management from the University of Phoenix and owns a Web consulting business. With more than 12 years of experience in the publishing industry, her work has included "Better Homes and Gardens," "Ladies' Home Journal," "MORE," "Country Home," "Midwest Living," and "American Baby." Sharon now contributes her editorial background by writing for several Internet publications.