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Growing your own tomato tree from seed to sapling in simple containers (Willem Van Cotthem)


Many people in the drylands are looking for a fruit tree species to grow in their small kitchen garden.  Many citizens would like to have a such nice fruit tree close to their house.  Here is my recommendation : try to grow a tomato tree (Cyphomandra betacea).

It is extremely easy !

Let me show how I started on a windowsill at home in Belgium, where seedlings and young plants have to be kept inside during wintertime, the species being a tropical plant, not frost-tolerant at all.

One day I bought two tree tomatoes (the fruit of the tomato tree) at the local supermarket and then it all started.

A tree tomato (Cyphomandra betacea) from my local Belgian supermarket (Photo WVC)
Cross-section of the fruit with its dark seeds, like in a regular tomato (Photo WVC)
The reddish pulp contains hundreds of seeds (Photo WVC)
Washed seeds loose…

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Tomato Spectacular

The Ethitarian

I love growing tomatoes.  I love the scent of the plants, the shape of the leaves, the way they branch and grow, and of course, the tomatoes themselves.  I grow tomatoes on my porch in self-watering containers.  That way there’s no weeding, and no matter how busy I am, it’s easy to make time to keep them watered.

This year I’m trying a few new things.  Due to the heat, I want my plants to be a bit more drought tolerant, in case I need to leave them to their own devices for a few days.  In order to accomplish this I’m top watering once a day instead of filling the reservoirs.  I’m also trying a few new varieties this year – determinate, rather than indeterminate.  I specifically chose varieties that are supposed to do well in containers.  Finally, I’m trying a new type of fertilizer, Vganics.  How is…

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