Hi, I'm Stan DeFreitas, Mr. Green Thumb, and what's the best way to grow large tomatoes? Well, one thing, of course, is to get the variety. Some varieties are inherently going to be bigger than others. You get a big boy or a beef master, you're going to get a larger tomato than you will if you get a mid-size fruit, or certainly if you get cherries or some of the patio types, they're going to be much smaller. But, if you want a bigger one, make sure you fertilize on a pretty regular basis. Make sure your plants are getting six hours or more of bright sun a day. Remember, that's where we build photosynthesis, we build our energy in the leaf. Also, try to make sure the plant is only maybe one or two fruit per every two to three inches. Sometimes that means going in and kind of cowling out the little plants, the little tomatoes where they're too close to each other. If you got six tomatoes all within a three inch period, you're probably going to divide that energy in each tomato that would be nice, won't give you that big tomato that you're looking for. Choose varieties that are bigger and choose varieties that tell you how big they'll be. Is it a one-pound tomato? Is it a two-pound tomato? You can easily get that by fertilizing correctly, making sure you water adequately, and of course, don't forget to leave the plant, the tomato on the plant as long as you can. For ask mrgreenthumb.com, I'm Stan DeFreitas.
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