Tomatoes are not only healthy, but they are also delicious food that people around the globe love to enjoy chopped, diced, and mixed in with their favorite foods.
These scrumptious vegetables (or fruits, depending on who you ask) take around 25 to 30 days to grow after flowering for small types of tomatoes, and about 45 to 60 days for large tomatoes.
The process of cultivating tomatoes is one that takes a good amount of care and attention. Read on to learn more about how to get your tomatoes to grow after flowering,
Background on Tomatoes
Tomatoes are cultivated in home gardens and in people’s backyards or indoors. This is due to the fact that they don’t require a large amount of space for them to grow large and healthy.
You may even be surprised to learn that they grow well in containers, making it easy for anyone to grow a productive crop even with little to no garden space available.
Tomatoes are tender, perennial (meaning that it lives more than two years), and subtropical plants that thrive in warmer climates. They can be grown year-round or in the warm season depending on where you live.
There are literally hundreds of tomato cultivars that you can choose from.
Tomato plants come in a wide range of shapes, sizes, colors, uses in cooking, as well as the length of time is required for the fruit to ripen.
The actual tomato plant itself is fuzzy to the touch, green, toothed, and has a distinct fragrance. It has beautiful, yellow flowers that develop after about a month after germination.
These flowers sit on the ends of or along the stems of the plant, depending on the cultivar of tomato.
Fruits themselves come in a wide variety of shapes. Some are oblong, heart shaped, plum, round, or pear shaped.
Colors also vary and come in ranges of red, pink, yellow, orange, greenish, a mix of these colors, white, and even striped!
Flowers Begin to Appear!
Small, yellow flowers will begin to grow on the tomato plant around the point when the vines are approximately 12 to 18 inches tall.
If you’re planning on transplanting your tomato plant from a pot to the garden, then you may even see flowers spring up while the plant is still in its pot. It all depends on the age of the seedling.
Sometimes it can take up to a month for flowers to appear after you transplant the tomato vine into your garden, so a bit of patience may be involved.
While waiting for the flowers to grow on the plant, continued nurturing of the plant is definitely recommended. A healthier plant will have a higher chance of producing fruit at the right time.
Once your flowers begin to blossom, you’ll know that your yummy tomatoes are not far off.
The tomato flowers are actually self-pollinating. This means that each flower has both male and female parts (the stamens and pistil), so you’ll only need one tomato seedling to be able to harvest its fruit.
In spite of the fact that the flowers of the plant are self-fertile, the wind as well as bees can help the pollen to move to the female part of the flower blossom.
After the flower is fertilized, the petals will fall off and the tomato fruit will begin to develop.
Flowers left unpollinated will shrivel and die, falling off of the plant.
From Flowers to Tomatoes
Once the flowers on your tomato plant have begun to grow, you’ll be glad to know that the tomato fruit is not far behind.
As stated earlier, depending on the type of tomato it can take as quick as 25 days for the fruits to grow after flowering, up to as long as 60 days for larger varieties.
At first, the tomatoes will only be little green balls. Not at all what they will look like once they are finished growing.
For the first two to three weeks, the tomato will develop at quite a slow rate. Be patient, because during this time the tomato is storing up nutrients so that it can grow into a juicy, fine vegetable ready for picking.
After the slow going of the first few weeks, the rate of growth for the fruit will increase rapidly during the succeeding three to five weeks.
Once the tomato fruit reaches this point, they will be at their mature size. They may still be green at this point, but they will slowly change color as they finish the ripening process.
When the tomato fruit reaches its full color and is firm to the touch that’s your cue to harvest and enjoy the delicious fruits!
Factors in Making Sure Your Tomatoes Thrive
Of course, if you want your tomatoes to turn out the best that they possibly can be, you’ll need to regulate certain facets. And that means taking care of it up to, and past, the flowering stage.
First of all, you’ll need to make sure that the tomatoes are in the right temperature. If the temperature is too high or low your tomatoes will not survive.
Warm climates are perfect for the plant, and shade in the afternoon helps to prevent the flowers and fruits from dropping off of the plant.
Secondly, water is a vital part in cultivating your tomato plant. Consistent moisture is a must for the plant and is key to the development of the flowers and the fruit.
Water your tomato plant weekly, and water them twice weekly if the weather is considerably hot.
Make sure also to keep an eye on the soil of your tomato’s container. You don’t want it drying out. In general, tomatoes need around 2 inches of water every week.
For example, in a 4-by-8-foot garden bed, 2 inches of water a week comes out to about 40 gallons. So be ready with your water!
Another great way to ensure that your tomato plant reaches the flowering stage and beyond is by using fertilizer.
Tomatoes require rich, well-drained soil in order to produce a good harvest. Adding in around 2-inches of compost or some well-decomposed manure into your garden in the fall and again two weeks before planting your tomatoes will provide nutrients for the plant.
Along with fertilizer, you can apply phosphorous to help promote fruiting.
In addition to this, you can add a shovel or two of compost around each of the tomato plants when it reaches the flowering stage. Weekly adding a cup of compost per plant will help to continuously nourish the fruits as they develop.
Lastly, you’ll want to keep an eye out for those pesky pests! Bugs and pests can affect the plants ability to produce flowers as well as fruit.
Some pests, such as hornworms, you’ll need to pick from the plant by hand. Others like aphids you can simply knock off of the plant with a spray of water.
If you do all of these things you should have ripe, healthy tomatoes in no time!
Tomatoes may take a bit of time to grow, but it’s definitely worth the wait in order to get the juicy, delicious fruits at the end of the harvest.
Now that we know how long it takes for tomatoes to appear after flowering, as well as how to nurture the plant, it should be no problem at all to cultivate your own plants at home.
Just remember to plan ahead for when you want to begin your journey of cultivating garden-fresh tomatoes.
From seedling, to when the plant flowers, all the way up to harvest, it’s key to nurture and care for your tomato plant.