Tomato is relatively warm season crop. Plants grow well at temperature range of 19°C to 30°C. It also requires plenty of sunshine but low humidity. It is suitable to grow in higher land, well irrigated, fertile sandy loam soil with pH of 6-6.7. The site should be free from nematodes and other soil borne diseases. Continuous rain
will increase disease problem such as bacterial wilt, bright, root rot, and fruiting cracking.
C. Mini Tomato 1. Golden Gem 75 indeterminate round 16 orange/yellow good fruit setting
2. Juliet 80 indeterminate oblong 25 bright red god shipper
3. Season red 65 indeterminate oblong 50 red heat tolerant
4. Sherry 75 indeterminate deep/globe 35 red early, does not crack easily
IIIII. Seedling Care and Transplanting/Spacing
A. Prepare seedling tray # 104 and Growell medium before seed sowing. Insert only one seed per hole.
B. Seeds will start to germinate about 4 days after sowing. Transplant seedling to the field after 21 – 25 days or when the 4th true leaves appear. C .Prepare the soil, make a plot measuring 1m width and a height of 4-6 “.
E. The distance between rows is 70cm and 60cm between plants.
F. Do not transplant too late because old seedlings may cause dropping of the first flower and lead to poor fruit setting or small sized fruit.
G. During nursery stage, diseases and insect prevention should be taken care. Also the application of pesticides should be reduced by half, in order to prevent pesticide injury.
lV. Land Preparation
Plow and clean the planting area and make a raised bed in sandy loam or clay soils. Use 1 m bed, 0.5 m canal. The bed should be 15-20 cm high above the fertilized level. Use Agri + Plas silver-black plastic mulch to cover prepared plots.
Fertilizer recommendation is dissolved in 16 Liters of water per week. Apply 150 ml per plant.
Vl. Trellis Preparation (for indeterminate type)
Use bamboo poles as trellis for tomato. One pole per plant should be needed with at least 6-7 feet long and 1-2 inches diameter.
Tomato plants need adequate moisture during the growing season. Therefore furrow irrigation should be applied frequently to maintain a steady growth. Do not apply excessive irrigation. Do not keep the soil soaked.
Vlll. Pruning (for indeterminate type)
A. Single- stem pruning. Keep only the main stem and prune all the lateral branches
B. Double - stem pruning. Keep the main stem and save only one lateral branch which is right under the first cluster.