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Five Tomato Questions

Magazine article Sunset

Five Tomato Questions

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What are the best varieties for beginners to plant?

All are easy to grow if they're adapted to your region. For a medium-size slicer, 'Early Girl' produces well nearly everywhere. Cherry (salad) tomatoes are almost foolproof throughout the West; our favorites include 'Black Cherry', 'Green Grape', 'Isis Candy', 'Sun Gold', and 'SunSugar'.

What kind can I grow in a container? And do potted tomatoes need special care?

Cherry tomatoes are the best type for growing in pots at least 16 inches deep and wide. Plants in pots need more watering and feeding than those in beds.

Can I plant tomatoes in the same place every year?

Try to avoid that: Diseases build up in the soil and spoil future crops. Grow tomatoes in the same bed only every third or fourth year. If you have just one sunny spot for growing tomatoes, plant in large containers and change the soil every year.

What causes the leaves to thin and turn yellow?

It could be fusarium wilt or verticillium wilt, both soilborne fungi. …

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