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  • Irrigation of beetroot It has already been mentioned in previous articles that the soil must be kept moist until the seedlings emerge. Light regular water applications must be…
  • Sowing beetroot seed commercially Sowing beetroot commercially Sowing beetroot is a practice used by commercial farmers. They are not planted with seedlings. Once the seed is cleaned and salts…
  • Beetroot seed treatment Beetroot((By Downtowngal [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], from Wikimedia Commons)) seed treatment is mostly done by commercial seed companies. There are instances where local seed can…
  • Pigeon pea climatic requirements Pigeon pea climatic requirements The pigeon pea is susceptible to frost damage at all stages of growth.. The most favourable temperature range is between 18-29°C…
  • How to grow beetroot… Beetroot is not grown by many farmers. Mainly because the demand is not that great and commercial companies have the market share. A large portion…
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Tomato fertilizer application tables according to soil types

Field tomato fertilizer recommendation

Tomato fertilizer requirements can be calculated if you know your soil type and have a good idea of the yield potential of your land and climate. These are basic norms and your specific microclimate and variety can have an influence on the total amount applied. These norms do not take top dressings into account, only…

Trellising and staking field grown tomatoes

harvesting ripe field grown tomatoes

Determinate variety tomatoes need to be trellised. Unlike processing tomatoes which are not trellised and in most very large commercial farms, harvested by mechanical means, which means processing tomatoes are only harvested once.  Determinate fresh tomatoes ( such as the standard beefsteak tomato varieties) are harvested during a period of 90-120 days depending on the…

Harvesting field tomatoes

Harvesting field grown tomatoes is a labour intensive process.  Unlike processing tomatoes which can be harvested mechanically, field grown trellised tomatoes has to be harvested by hand. The sorting can be done mechanically. Tomato fruit ripen according to temperature.  The ripening process is initiated by the hormone ethylene. In long life tomatoes, ethylene release is…

Solving the mystery of the two main types of tomato plants

Solving the mystery of the two main types of tomato plants Indeterminate tomato varieties will grow ‘forever’.  So they can grow over two seasons. Determinate varieties die after about 100 days.  If you have a very short season to grow your tomato crop it is cheaper to buy a determinate variety, but if you want…

Field grown tomatoes – the basics

Basic horticulture of growing tomatoes The common tomato or scientifically classified as Solanaceae Lycopersicon lycopersicum (L) Karst. ex Farw. is one of the most popular vegetables planted both by commercial farmers, small scale farmers and home gardeners.  It is actually a pleasure to grow tomatoes as there are so many varieties available today that marketing…

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