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Choose, Plant & Care for Tomatoes


Tomato Basics

Growing tomatoes is easy and you'll be rewarded with juicy, flavorful tomatoes you can use on sandwiches, in salads or salsa and more. Visit your neighborhood Pike Nurseries and let us help you pick the perfect tomatoes for your garden.

Find a Sunny Spot

  • Tomatoes need at least 6 hours of sunlight
  • If there's not a sunny spot in your garden you can also grow tomatoes in a large pot

Choose Your Tomato

There are two basic types of tomatoes - determinate & Indeterminate


  • All blossoms and fruit develop on the plant at about the same time.
  • Harvest time is short.
  • The plant is self-topping and does not continue growth from the terminal bud.


  • The terminal bud of an indeterminate tomato does not set fruit, it always produces leaves and more stem from the growing tip.
  • The vine can grow indefinitely if not killed by frost in the fall.
  • The blossoms and fruit develop progressively as the vine grows so tomatoes in all stages of development may be on the vine at one time and harvest may last several months.
  • Pike Nurseries has a huge selection of tomatoes from sweet cherry tomatoes, large beefy tomatoes like 'Big Boy' and even yellow tomatoes

Planting Your Tomato

Good soil
  • It has the nutrients plants need to establish a healthy root system
  • Good soil will provide the plant with good drainage so it gets enough water but it's not sitting in water which would cause the roots to rot

In the Garden

  • Amend soil with Pike Vegetable and Flower Mix at a 50/50 ratio with the native soil

In a Pot

  • Use a high-quality Potting Mix like Pike Potting & Container Soil

Tomato Cage

  • Tomatoes get large quickly
  • Place a Tomato cage on your tomato as soon as it's planted


  • After planting, water plants extremely well.
  • Thereafter, water only when the soil indicates the necessity of watering.
  • As a general rule of thumb, water your tomatoes often enough to keep the soil cool and moist.
  • It's important to keep tomatoes on a regular watering schedule Irregular watering can cause the fruit to split


  • Regular feeding is important.
  • We recommend Dr. Earth Tomato, Vegetable, and Herb Fertilizer. (100% organic).
  • Apply 6-8 weeks.
  • Dry fertilizer should never touch the main stem and should be lightly cultivated into the soil.