Growing tomatoes


Once you grow and taste your own tomatoes (or any vegie for that matter), you don’t go back. Tomatoes are one of the most popular backyard vegies and for good reason, too. They’re easy to grow and if looked after well, yield lots of delicious fruit for months! You don’t need a big backyard either – there are varieties to suit any space.

How to Grow in a Garden:
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Step 1: Choose a sunny spot in the garden with well drained soil and enrich with Yates® Dynamic Lifter® Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser. Add Yates Hydrangea Pinking Liquid Lime & Dolomite to help sweeten the soil and help prevent blossom end rot.

Step 2: Sow seeds, lightly cover with Yates Seed Raising Mix and water well. If growing from seedlings, they can be planted a little deeper, so that the bottom few centimetres of the tomato stems are covered with soil. Water in well.

Step 3: Tall growing tomatoes will require stakes for support, so it’s best to put these in now to avoid damaging plant roots later.

Step 4: As seedlings emerge and grow, feed weekly with Yates Thrive Tomato Liquid Plant Food. Mulch around the base with organic mulch like sugarcane or pea straw, keeping it away from the main stem.

Step 5: As larger staked tomatoes grow, gently tie the main stems to the stakes with a plant tie or old piece of hosiery.

Step 6: Harvest tomatoes when the fruit is plump and red (or yellow, depending on the variety).

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How to Grow in Pot:
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If you don’t have room in your garden to grow tomatoes, grow them in pots! Choose smaller varieties, such as Yates Tiny Tim, which is compact enough to grow in a pot.

Step 1: Choose a pot at least 400mm wide and deep and position in full sun. Fill with quality potting mix, such as Yates Potting Mix with Dynamic Lifter.

Step 2: Sow seeds, lightly cover with Yates Seed Raising Mix and water well. If growing from seedlings, they can be planted a little deeper, so that the bottom few centimetres of the tomato stems are covered with soil. Water in well.

Step 3: Tall growing tomatoes will require stakes for support, so it’s best to put these in now to avoid damaging plant roots later.

Step 4: Potted plants dry out quicker than in-ground plants, so it’s important to water potted plants regularly.

Step 5: As seedlings grow, feed weekly with Yates Thrive Tomato Liquid Plant Food to encourage growth.

Step 6: As larger staked tomatoes grow, gently tie the main stems to the stakes with a plant tie or old piece of hosiery.

Step 7: Harvest tomatoes when the fruit is plump and red (or yellow, depending on the variety).


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Varieties in the Yates range:

Growing Tips

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What to sow in Spring

Yates has a wide variety of seeds available in our range that are perfect to plant this spring. If you’re looking for a fun activity with the family, get them out into the garden to get dirty.

Click the images below to learn more about what to plant now.

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