Whether you are a beginner gardener venturing out into uncharted waters or have been harvesting for years, including Juliet tomatoes in your upcoming gardening plans could be a wise choice. However, regardless of your expertise, it is always a good idea to do your research before plant.
As a result, I have compiled a “how to” guide consisting of all you will need to know in your Juliet tomato planting endeavors.
Why Plant Juliet Tomatoes
Juliet tomatoes have long been a popular choice among gardeners, homesteaders, and farmers. Whichever category you find yourself in, you can know that if you decide to plant these delicious tomatoes, your decision to do so is backed by popular opinion.
Caring for these plants is relatively easy and will prove to yield great results. For the beginner and the expert alike, planting Juliet tomatoes can be an easy, fun, and satisfying experience.
How to Plant Juliet Tomatoes
Planting Juliet tomatoes will vary from person to person. The area can differ, the amount of soil can differ, and the timing you plant can differ. Let me explain what I mean. Regarding the area, planting Juliet tomatoes can be done in a large garden, in a small raised bed, or even a small flower pot.
There are a wide variety of options for those of you who would like to plant Juliet tomatoes, and you do not need much space. This is one of the reasons why Juliet tomatoes are a great choice for many and such a popular option.
As a result of the many ways in which you can plant Juliet tomatoes (i.e., large garden, small raised bed, or small pot), the amount of soil can differ as well.
While careful planning should take place concerning the quality of the soil (this will be addressed later), not much soil is actually needed for your tomato plants to thrive.
One of the major points of concern in the planting process consists of choosing to plant the Juliet tomatoes from scratch (as a seed in soil) or to transplant your Juliet tomatoes.
A popular option for planting Juliet tomatoes for many involves purchasing a tomato plant from a local store, then planting it in your desired location. This is referred to as transplanting. This option could be helpful for a number of reasons.
If you desire to transplant your tomatoes, this will speed up the process, ensure that your plants are grown in proper soil, and leave a lot of the start-up work on the shoulders of another.
However, for many of you, planting Juliet tomatoes from start to finish may be the best approach. This can be done easily if instructions are followed carefully and you know what you are getting yourself into before you commit.
In the event that you decide to plant your tomatoes from seed, you will need to plant them in the right soil, keep your plants indoors, and wait to plant them at the proper time.
If you are planting your tomatoes from seed, make sure the soil is healthy and airy rather than dense and lacking the proper nutrients. This will aid in the proper growth of the plant. When the plant reaches around 7 inches in length and the frost season has ended, you can then transplant your tomato plants.
In the event that you decide to transplant your tomatoes into a flower pot, make sure the soil in your pot consists of potting soil. Another great option is to start composting at your home and use a 50:50 mixture of soil and compost to help your plant thrive.
One of the challenging points in gardening comes our way when we plant straight into the ground. It is hard to know the quality of the soil under our feet sometimes, and rarely do we have time or money to actually get it tested.
A few things can help at this point. Investing in a rototiller could be a good option for some. This will break up the soil well and allow it to breath. If you cannot afford this option, breaking up the soil with a shovel or rake could be another good approach.
Buying a 10:10:10 extended release fertilizer could also be a good option if you do not know the nutrient quality of your soil. Follow the directions on the back of the bag, and mix the fertilizer in well by either using a rototiller again or mixing it in with a rake or shovel.
Do not rush your new tomato plants into the soil. Rather, water your soil, and let it sit for at least 24 hours. Your soil will be ready for planting the next day.
Planting Juliet Tomatoes
Juliet tomatoes will grow to be a very large plant, reaching heights of around 5 feet. They also have a spread that reaches around 4 feet. As a result these tomato plants should be planted 3 feet apart in their row, and rows should be spaced 4 feet apart.
You should never plant a Juliet tomato seed straight into the ground. However, when you are ready to transplant your tomato plant that is already growing, you will need to dig a hole that is big enough to fit all the soil in your plant’s pot.
Pull the soil out gently from the pot. The soil should be clinging to the roots of the tomato plant. Then put all of the soil (do not shake it free) and the roots straight into the ground. Pack the ground that surrounds the plant to form it around your plant’s new home.
Caring for Juliet Tomatoes
After you plant, then comes the regular care and maintenance of your tomatoes. This is a very important part in reaping a harvest rather than experiencing failure. A number of things must be done throughout the life of your plant for it to not just grow but thrive.
Regular weeding must be done to ensure your plants growth. If you choose not to weed, chances are your plant will still grow. Your plant also will most likely yield tomatoes. However, the growth and productivity of your plant will be stunted tremendously.
Weeds will soak up a lot of the water in the soil as well as the nutrients that the tomato plant needs. In addition, some weeds can grow very tall and may cover the tomato plant and shield it from the sun.
Watering properly is an important part of your plant’s growth and productivity. Plants need water just like people. If enough time passes and your plants do not receive an adequate amount of water, they may cross over into the point of no return and die.
Watering every day is essential for those of you who would want to maximize the growth of your plants. However, watering at the right time of day can be another important factor to consider as well.
Many people are unaware that when they water their tomato plants during the heat of the day (12 pm – 5 pm), a lot of the water collects on the leaves of the plants. This will attract the sun’s heat to these leaves and begin to burn the plant.
Watering your plants early in the day or late in the evening is the best approach in caring for your plants properly.
Tomatoes will need tomato cages or something similar. There is no way to get around this point. It is truly a need for the plant. As was stated earlier, Juliet tomato plants will grow to be very large. However, their roots, vine, and stems are weak and must be supported.
Often cages are not enough to maximize this plant’s growth potential. A good option is to start with a cage and monitor its growth. As the plant grows, gently assist the stems onto the cage so that the stems are supported. As the plant begins to grow taller, continue this process.
There may come a point in the life of your plant when it outgrows your cage. At this point, a good option is to line tall wooden stakes (that are taller than your cages) around your plants. After this is done, run garden twine from one stake to another at various heights.
The goal is to form new places where you could then lay the stems of the tomato plant to help support its growth.
Fertilizing your soil during the growth of your plant can also help its development. However, if you decide to do this, you will want to fertilize a considerable distance away from the plant. You can start by digging a small trench about 2 feet away from your plant.
After your trench has been dug, put your fertilizer straight in the trench, cover it, then water the location of your fertilizer. If you fertilize too closely to your plant, it could kill the plant.
At times, gardens can be plagued from insect infestation. A number of helpful tips to fight against these pests can be found. One of these tips involves planting certain plants in your garden that deter pests. The nasturtium is known to be a great flower that can act as a defense in your garden.
Products can also be found in stores or online that can be used to deter pests and insects. One such product is a safe powder substance that can easily be shaken out its bottle and onto the leaves of your tomato plants. This powder will drive away those annoying insects.
Another option to deter pests and insects is to place cedar or cypress mulch around your plants. This type of mulch will deter them. Choosing mulch properly is important because certain woods actually attract insects.
When to Harvest
Usually your tomato plant will be ready to harvest within a couple of months. However, these lively plants have a tendency to be the gift that keeps on giving if they are properly cared for. Many times these plants can thrive well past the summer and on into the winter.
Many people have started their gardens with a large number of tomato plants but have been unaware of their yield. Knowing what your plans are for your tomatoes prior to planting could be a good idea. Once the plant starts to yield ripe tomatoes, it will continue to do so rapidly.
After plucking fresh tomatoes one day, you may go out to your garden and notice newly ready tomatoes the next. With just a few plants, you and your family could be eating tomatoes almost every day during the harvest season.
With this in mind, plan wisely. Tomatoes are not the most versatile fruit in their ability to be stored and kept in various forms.
Tomatoes should not be stored in the fridge or the freezer but rather at room temperature. If you are unable to eat all of your tomatoes and need to find some way to cook them or store them, a number of good options exist:
In summary, one of the major concerns in planting a Juliet tomato plant is starting the plant in a safe environment and transplanting it later. For those of you who are turned off because of this fact, plants that have already been started can be purchased in many local stores.
Recognizing the growth potential of Juliet tomatoes is another important factor. You may not need as many plants as you would think to produce the amount of tomatoes that you would like. Generally speaking, a few plants will prove to provide a family with all the tomatoes they will want.
If you will devote the time it will take to assist your plant’s development, it will prove to pay off tremendously. However, the care you will need to give to your plants will be relatively easy.
The Juliet tomato plant is a great growing option for both the beginner gardener all the way down the line to the expert farmer. The ease of its growth can hardly be matched. The yield of its crop is nearly unparalleled. The taste of its fruit is at the top of the list.