Everybody seems to like to grow tomatoes even if they don't appreciate the fruit. Maybe it is just bragging rights to producing a big fruit or basket full of little ones that makes growing the plants popular for many.
Florida gardeners should be getting their tomato plants started now from seeds to have the transplants ready for mid August to early September gardens. Garden centers have the seeds you need for 2018 fall garden plantings. Yes, that is right, our state continues the gardening year when many regions are making their last harvests. So, if you want to stay on schedule, start the seeds today.
Growing tomatoes from seed is easy and you can save lots of money. Just think, a packet of seeds is about a dollar or so and tomato plants are about three dollars at many garden centers. Use small pots or saved cell packs to start your seed.
Obtain a good potting or seed starter mix and fill the containers. Then add the seeds. Only one or two per cell or pot is fine. Tomato seeds have a good germination rate. Keep the planting moist and the seeds should sprout within a week. When about an inch high start weekly feedings with a water soluble fertilizer mixed at half rate. Keep the plant in full sun but protect them from the heavy rains.
In four weeks or less you should have transplants ready for the garden. Oh yes, grow a few for your neighbors - they are sure to want to grow tomatoes too.
Okay - Maybe you don't want to grow your plants from seed but do stay on schedule with a tomato planting using transplants from your garden center during the later portion of August or very early September.